Wild lettuce Lactuca virosa Expand

Wild lettuce Lactuca virosa


Grown medicinally for the milky white sap that oozes from the plant when it is cut, Wild Lettuce is the ancestor of all salad lettuces grown today. Used since ancient times and by indigenous tribes as a herbal remedy for pain, digestion, and stress.

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Data sheet

Soil Type: Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Peaty Soil, Saline Soil, Chalky Soil, Silty Soil, Clay Soil, All - Tolerant of Most Soil Types.
Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Annuals (Grow in All Zones)
Water Needs: Low, Moderate, Very Low
Light: Full Sun, Full Sun/Partial Shade
Growth Cycle: Biennial
Edible: Yes, with Caution
Height: j: Up to 6 Feet
Growing Instructions: Sow in spring after danger of frost into finely raked damp soil. Barely cover seeds or gently press seeds into the soil. Maturity 12 weeks. Can be sown in Fall.
Warnings: Can be Invasive
Special Features: Medicinal Value
Growth Rate: Moderate, Fast