Photographer: Christopher Noll
Prenanthes racemosa Michx.
glaucous white-lettuce, purple rattlesnake-root
Prenanthes: from prenes for "drooping" and anthe for "blossom"
racemosa: Latin for "having a raceme" (cluster of flowers each on its own stalk and arranged along a single central stem)
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems smooth below the hairy inflorescence|
|Flower: ||head 1/2" wide with pinkish ray flowers, bracts (phyllaries) hairy; inflorescence with mostly erect to nodding heads in dense, long, narrow clusters; blooms Aug.-Oct.|
|Fruit:||dry seed with fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, smooth, lower leaves with long stalks, usually not falling with age, upper getting smaller and becoming stalkless to clasping|
|Habitat: ||moist; prairies, meadows, streambanks|