Photographer: from USDA Plants website
Lactuca ludoviciana (Nutt.) Riddell
prairie lettuce, prairie wild lettuce, western wild lettuce
Lactuca: name for "milk"
ludoviciana: referring to King Louis X, therefore, by extension, to the State of Louisiana; a form of Latin meaning "of Louisiana"
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, 1'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems leafy, smooth|
|Flower: ||head 1" wide with 20-56 bluish-white to yellow rays; inflorescence of a few, relatively large heads in loosely-branched clusters; blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||blackish, flat, dry seed with only one obvious line on each side|
|Leaf:||bluish, with spiny edges and midrib|
|Habitat: ||sun; prairies, meadows|