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Lactuca scariola - Plant

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Lactuca serriola
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Lactuca serriola, also called prickly lettuce, milk thistle compass plant, and scarole, is an annual or biennial plant in the dandelion tribe within the daisy family.

Common name: Lactuca serriola
Color: grey green
Bloom time: July - September
Height: 2 to 6 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
This is a weed throughout temperate regions. It can hwoever be harvested and eaten, although it is somewhat bitter. Enjoys a full sun / partial sun position in your garden. Keep in mind when planting that Prickly Lettuce is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 30°C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

  • Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
  • Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
  • A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.

Special Feature:
Prefers a light sandy loam in a sunny position. The wild lettuce is cultivated for the oil in its seed in Egypt. A compass plant, the top leaves align north-south.
Medicinal use:
  • The plant should be used with caution, and never without the supervision of a skilled practitioner.
  • Even normal doses can cause drowsiness whilst excess causes restlessness[238] and overdoses can cause death through cardiac paralysis.
  • The fixed oil from the seeds is said to possess antipyretic and hypnotic properties[240].
  • A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant.
  • It is used in the treatment of chronic catarrh, coughs, swollen liver, flatulence and ailments of the urinary tract

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

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