Prenanthes alba L.  
Family: Asteraceae
lion's-foot, rattlesnake-root, white rattlesnakeroot, white-lettuce
[Nabalus albus (L.) Hook.]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Prenanthes: from prenes for "drooping" and anthe for "blossom"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1 1/2'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems thick, often purplish
Leaves: alternate, usually hairy below, the long-stalked lower leaves of various shapes, getting simpler and smaller toward the top
Flowers: 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.
Fruits: dry seed with brownish, fluffy pappus
Habitat: dry; woods, forests; in rocky soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Christopher Noll  
Prenanthes alba image
Christopher Noll  
Prenanthes alba image
Christopher Noll  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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