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Monday - March 24, 2008

From: Cincinnati, OH
Region: Northeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identification of a plant similar to wild lettuc
Answered by: Barbara Medford


I have a plant that was growing by my swimming pool last summer. Its some sort of wild lettuce, but i have been unable to identify it with the resources i have.


We're not quite that good at identifying mystery plants, but we have people at the Wildflower Center who often can figure them out. However, we need a picture, along with other information about the plant. Follow the instructions on the lower right hand side of the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants page, and we'll see what we can do.

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