5-45cm (2-18in) herbaceous plant with hollow stalk containing milky, white liquid. Leaves are irregularly toothed and lobed, and are roughly lance-shaped. Flowers are yellow and composite.
Found on lawns, along roadsides, in open fields, and in waste places. Ranges throughout North America.
Uses and Parts Used
Root tea used for liver, gallbladder, kidney, and bladder ailments. Root ingested as treatment against yeast infection.
Leaf tea used as laxative. Leaves contain anti-inflammatory compounds and are rich in vitamin A.
All parts may be served as food. Approved in Germany as an appetite stimulant and as a digestive aid.