Mulgedium pulchellum (Pursh) G.Don (redirected from: Lactuca pulchella)
Family: Asteraceae
showy blue lettuce
[Lactuca pulchella (Pursh) DC.,  more]
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Etymology: Lactuca: name for "milk"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb with milky juice; stems smooth, leafy
Leaves: bluish-green, either unlobed or pinnately-divided into narrow lobes
Flowers: head 3/4" wide with 18-50 blue to purple rays; inflorescence with several heads in a branched cluster; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: red-brown, dry seed with several obvious lines on both sides on soft, white, fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist; prairies, streambanks, thickets
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
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