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.

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola): Images

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May 27, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Lettuce identification is such a struggle!!! I am moderately sure that this is Prickly Lettuce. When looking at Prickly Lettuce pictures online at botany web sites, sometimes the Prickly Lettuce leaves have significant lobes similar to the pictures to the right and sometimes there are little or no lobes on the leaves. For example, the Prickly Lettuce leaves at the University of Wisconsin Herbarium site have little or no lobes but the Prickly Lettuce leaves at the Cal Photos site have significant lobes.

One reason I am confident that this is Prickly Lettuce is that there are obvious prickles on the edges (margin) of the leaves as well as on the midrib of the lower leaf surface. Looking at the pictures to the right, you can see the prickles on the edge of the leaves and can barely make out the prickles on the middle rib going down the backs of the leaves. Prickly lettuce can look a little bit like some Sowthistles (Sonchus L.). They both have prickles on the leaf margin. But one difference is that Sowthistles are not prickly on the midrib of the underside of the leaf.
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August 18, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire