Everything You Need To Know About Wild Lettuce

Everything You Need To Know About Wild Lettuce
Lactuca Virosa

Used as a substitute for opioids in the early 19th century, wild lettuce is still available today as a legal herbal remedy. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the plant's history.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF WILD LETTUCE?

Found along riverbeds and roadsides, the plant grows mainly in parts of central Europe, the Middle East, and several states in North America. Wild lettuce (Lactuca Virosa) is a member of the Asteraceae family, and flowers on a biannual basis.

SPOTTING WILD LETTUCE

SPOTTING WILD LETTUCE

Correctly locating the herb can be difficult as it is similar to other species in the lettuce family; however, if it adheres to the following markers, chances are you have some naturally growing wild lettuce in front of you:

  • Roughly 1–2 metres tall
  • Leaves grow all the way up the stalk to the top of the plant
  • The stalk is soft and easily penetrated by a nail or pocket knife
  • Leaves have a slightly serrated edge and oval shape
  • Flowers on the wild lettuce are yellow and similar in appearance to dandelions
  • Flowering typically takes place between June and August

Disclaimer:
We are not making medical claims. This article has been written for informational purposes only, and is based on research published by other externals sources.