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Leucas cephalotes - Plant

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Leucas cephalotes (Head Leucas) is an annual herb with stems erect, unbranched or with few branches.
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Description for Leucas cephalotes

Head Leucas is an annual herb with stems erect, unbranched or with few branches, 10 to 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 glandular hairs denser below. Leaf-stalk on lower leaves is nearly-absent to about 5 mm.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Head Leucas, bishkhapru, deokhumba, guma White July-October 15 to 60 cm Easy to grow

Planting and care

Direct sowing is recommended as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant seeds 1.27 cm deep. Snow will not 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 Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil Medium 60o C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Leucas cephalotes

    Typical uses of Leucas cephalotes

    Special features: Mature lettuce gets bitter and woody and it will go bad quickly, so check your garden everyday.

    Culinary use: It is collected for use as a leafy vegetable in rural areas.

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

    References

    • http://www.almanac.com/plant/lettuce
    • https://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Head%20Leucas.html
    • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-111655

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