glaucous white-lettuce, purple rattlesnake-root
[Nabalus racemosus (Michx.) DC., more...]
Etymology: Prenanthes: from prenes for "drooping" and anthe for "blossom"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems smooth below the hairy inflorescence
Leaves: alternate, smooth, lower leaves with long stalks, usually not falling with age, upper getting smaller and becoming stalkless to clasping
Flowers: head 1/2" wide with pinkish ray flowers, bracts (phyllaries) hairy; inflorescence with mostly erect to nodding heads in dense, long, narrow clusters; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed with fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist; prairies, meadows, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = FACW Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos