Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Prenanthes alba L. image
Photographer: Ray Francies           

Botanical Illustration

Caroline A. Creevey

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Matthew L. Wagner

Mark Mittelstadt

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Janice Stiefel

Janice Stiefel
Family Asteraceae
Prenanthes alba L.
lion's-foot, rattlesnake-root, white-lettuce
Prenanthes: from prenes for "drooping" and anthe for "blossom"
alba: Latin for "white"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1 1/2'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems thick, often purplish
Flower: head 1/2" wide with pink to cream ray flowers, purplish bracts (phyllaries) with no hairs; inflorescence with nodding heads in long, branched clusters; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruit:dry seed with brownish, fluffy pappus
Leaf:alternate, usually hairy below, the long-stalked lower leaves of various shapes, getting simpler and smaller toward the top
Habitat: dry; woods, forests; in rocky soil

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