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Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella (Blue lettuce)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella

Lactuca tatarica (L.) C.A. Mey. var. pulchella (Pursh) Breitung

Blue Lettuce

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lactuca oblongifolia, Lactuca pulchella, Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella, Lactuca tatarica var. heterophylla, Mulgedium pulchellum, Sonchus tataricus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , LA , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NS , NT , NU , ON , QC , SK

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella


Record Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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