About Lactuca scariola
This name is a synonym of Lactuca serriola L. Lactuca serriola, also called prickly lettuce, is an annual or biennial plant in the dandelion tribe within the daisy family. The leaves grow along a spiny stem and get progressively smaller as they reach its top. They emit latex when cut.
Many flowers are produced and usually appear in the upper part of the plant. It has a hairless reddish stem, containing a milky latex. The achenes are grey, bristly tipped. The pappus is white with equal length hairs.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
|Common Name ||Prickly Lettuce, compass plant, bankahoo, kaahu, saaleet |
|Maximum Reachable Height ||2 to 6 feet|
|Flower Colour ||Pale yellow, often tinged purple|
|Bloom Time ||July to September|
|Difficulty Level ||Easy to grow|
Planting and careStart 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.
Lactuca scariola care
This is a weed throughout temperate regions. It can hwoever be harvested and eaten, although it is somewhat bitter.
Enjoys a full sun or 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 ||Light sandy loam well-drained soil |
|Temperature ||30 degrees C|
|Fertilizer ||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Lactuca scariola 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.
Lactuca scariola uses
- The plant is used for an ornamental purpose
- Lactuca serriola can be eaten as a salad, although it has something of a bitter taste
- Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked
Frequently Asked Questions
What is another name for a Lactuca scariola ?
Lactuca scariola is commonly known as Prickly Lettuce, compass plant, bankahoo, kaahu, saaleet
How tall do Lactuca scariola grow?
On average Lactuca scariola grows 2 to 6 feet
What color are Lactuca scariola ?
A Lactuca scariola plant bears flowers of color Pale yellow, often tinged purple
When Lactuca scariola blooms?
With enough light, Lactuca scariola may produce Pale yellow, often tinged purple flowers in July to September
How hard is Lactuca scariola to grow?
A Lactuca scariola is Easy to grow
How much sunlight does a Lactuca scariola need?
A Lactuca scariola prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade
How much water does a Lactuca scariola need?
A Lactuca scariola prefers watering Medium
What kind of soil does a Lactuca scariola need?
A Lactuca scariola prefers Light sandy loam well-drained soil
What temperature does a Lactuca scariola like?
A Lactuca scariola prefers 30 degrees C
How often should I fertilize my Lactuca scariola ?
To encourage Lactuca scariola growth, Apply any organic fertilizer
Monday, 21 October 2019
when I put the plant indoors totally, it started having yellow leaves.
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