White Lettuce
Prenanthes alba

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Family
Asteracaceae

Also Called
Rattle-snake root

Description
0.6-1.5 meter (2-5ft) perennial with smooth purple stem. Leaves are triangular, toothed, and lobed. Flowers are white in drooping clusters and found July through September. Seed fuzz is reddish in color.

Location
Found in dense woods and wooded thickets. Ranges from Maine to Georgia, and Montana through North Dakota.

Uses and Parts Used

Root
Powdered root used to stimulate lactation after childbirth. Root tea used as wash for lameness, and root poultice used on dog bites and snakebites.

Stem
Latex from stem used as diuretic. Stem can also be boiled in milk and ingested for snakebite.

White Lettuce- Click for Full Image
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