Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Lactuca pulchella (Pursh) DC.
showy blue lettuce
Lactuca: name for "milk"
|Status: ||Introduced - adventive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb with milky juice; stems smooth, leafy|
|Flower: ||head 3/4" wide with 18-50 blue to purple rays; inflorescence with several heads in a branched cluster; blooms June-Sept.|
|Fruit:||red-brown, dry seed with several obvious lines on both sides on soft, white, fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||bluish-green, either unlobed or pinnately-divided into narrow lobes|
|Habitat: ||moist; prairies, streambanks, thickets|