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Leucas cephalotes - Plant

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Leucas cephalotes
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Head Leucas is an annual herb with stems erect, unbranched or with few branches, 10-50 cm, leafy, hairy with spreading and adpressed retrorse hairs. Leaves are narrow oblong-elliptic, cuneate, nearly entire to slightly toothed, up to 8 x 2 cm, with long and short eglandular hairs denser below. Leaf-stalk on lower leaves is nearly-absent to about 5 mm.

Common name: Leucas cephalotes
Color: white
Bloom time: July-October
Height: 15–60 cm.
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Direct sowing is recommended as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant seeds ½ inch deep. Snow won’t hurt them, but a desiccating cold wind will.
If you want an earlier crop, however, you may start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost date for an earlier crop. Harden off seedlings for about one week,

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 60o C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

  • You should be able to sow additional seeds every two weeks for a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.
  • Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting.
  • Lettuce prefers soil that is high in humus, with plenty of compost and a steady supply of nitrogen to keep if growing fast.
  • Use organic alfalfa meal or a slow-release fertilizer.

Special Feature:
Mature lettuce gets bitter and woody and it will go bad quickly, so check your garden everyday.
Medicinal use:
  • Unverified information It is cultivated for its medicinal uses and is readily available in markets.
  • One of the plant s most common historical uses has been as a treatment for snakebite.
  • It is also steeped in water which is then used for bathing and for washing livestock.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

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