Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Canada Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis): Images

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May 26, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Along the side of a street with a significant amount of plant growth and not much car travel, there were numerous wild lettuce plants. In this case it was Canada Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis). There are a couple of other Lactuca species in New Hampshire that looks similar: Hairy Lettuce (Lactuca hirsuta) and Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola). Hairy lettuce has hairs on the stem and leaves and Prickly Lettuce has prickles on the leaf margin and midrib of the lower surfaces (the upper surface is smooth). Also, the leaves of Prickly Lettuce have shorter lobes. While you can't see it in the pictures, the broken stem exudes a beige-colored sap (not the same white-colored sap seen for dandelion).
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June 30, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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June 7, 2014 Central, Connecticut