tall blue lettuce, woodland lettuce
[Lactuca biennis f. aurea (Moench) Fernald, more...]
Etymology: Lactuca: name for "milk"
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 2' -6 1/2' tall, mostly smooth forb with milky juice; stems very leafy
Leaves: either pinnately-divided or toothed, sometimes with arrow-shaped bases
Flowers: head 3/8" wide with 15-34 bluish to white rays; inflorescence with many heads in long, narrow clusters; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: dry seed with several obvious lines on both sides, and with tan, fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist; thickets
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = FAC USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos