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Lettuce, Wild (Lactuca virosa), packet of 50 seeds, organic

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Family:  Aster (Asteracea)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 9, readily grown as a spring-planted annual

(Lettuce Opium, Wild Lettuce)  Overwintering annual or biennial.  Native to Central and Southern Europe.  Young plants of giant wild lettuce are a good ingredient for heroic salads.  This is the most cold hardy of all lettuces, in the right circumstances producing very reasonable salads midwinter, which is before the plant goes tough and bitter.  Lactuca virosa is a preferred wild species from Europe–nutrient dense, good winter salad, bright purple-black seeds, much less spiny than the new world weedy types, which we do not carry.  Traditional usage (TWM): mildly sedative, antitussive, and analgesic.  Source of lactucarium.  Sow in spring or fall, in pots or directly in beds outdoors.  Barely cover seed with soil and tamp securely, then keep evenly moist until germination, which takes 10 to 20 days.  Very warm soil temperatures retard or disallow germination. Transplant or thin to 6 inches apart.  Flowers yellow to 6 feet.

50 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Ilene

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    Ilene

    Any way for this to grow in 4B?

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    • Brenda

      Brenda

      I live in zone 5 will this self seed like borage?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Brenda, It does self-seed, and around here at least we see them coming up all through the winter. For you it would probably be an early spring thing. Kind of like borage, usually in sparse colonies around where the mother plants grew. r

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, wild lettuce grows almost anywhere. Start early, cool soils are best for germination.

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  2. Tom

    Tom

    So I wonder if I should try to grow some down in Ft. Lauderdale area – zone 10? What’s the worst that could happen – doesn’t grow and out a few bucks??

    What is the Kava that you speak of? You have seeds for that?

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    • john a adams

      john a adams

      will this grow in east Texas? Kilgore Tx area and when should it be planted?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi John, Wild lettuce grows almost everywhere. It needs cool soils for germ so should be rainy season/winter planted in your area.
      Richo

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    • Richo Cech

      AdminRicho Cech

      You can try–it is a winter grower so might not work, but frankly tons of people grow things outside their supposed zone limits all the time. its a microsite consideration more than anything. we do have Piper sarmentosum which is in the same genus as KavaKava and we have tulsi which is, like kava, an anxiolytic.

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  3. Walt

    Walt

    will this grow in Orlando Fl area? .

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    • Richo Cech

      AdminRicho Cech

      Hi Walt, This is listed as a Zone 5 to 9, and Orlando is a 9b, so you should be fine. Richo

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  4. Yvette

    Yvette

    Will this grow in South Africa?

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    • Richo Cech

      AdminRicho Cech

      yes

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  5. Alice Gail Fritts

    Alice Gail Fritts

    I Would like to purchase lactosa viruses seed for pain of fibromyalgia

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    • Richo Cech

      AdminRicho Cech

      Yes, Lactuca virosa, the European wild lettuce. We obtained seed from Europe many years ago, you can differentiate the european form from the american form because the (superior) european type makes black seeds. We collect these daily throughout the summer, carefully clean them, and package with care. When you buy from us, you get fresh seeds. People have good results with them. You can buy them here at strictlymedicinalseeds.com.

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  6. Ole MI guy

    Ole MI guy

    Deer tolerant plants? Have a lot of deer here.

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    • james

      james

      that’s why deers fly in allegory…..because they are high lol xx they, along with fox’s, love to eat amanita too..

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    • Richo Cech

      AdminRicho Cech

      actually, no, deer love this plant. that said i do have plenty of these that have been in deer areas and made it through to flowering stage and beyond. deer are browsers, not grazers, and will take a bit of this and a bit of that. if there is very little for them to eat, then they will eat all of what there is. if there is lots for them to eat, as at my place, then plenty of deer food goes uneaten. r

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  7. Richo Cech

    AdminRicho Cech

    Wild Lettuce is a winter lettuce, growing in cold soils in the north. Maybe Kava would be a more appropriate painkiller for the tropics.

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    • Darren Broadfoot

      Darren Broadfoot

      Do you ship seed packs to Canada?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes!

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    • Nancy chavez

      Nancy chavez

      I live in Arizona. Will it grow here

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes

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  8. Wi girl

    Wi girl

    Could I grow indoors during the winter in Wisconsin? What would you recommend?

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    • Richo Cech

      AdminRicho Cech

      Wild lettuce does best planted in late summer and overwintered as a rosette, with flowering the following summer. I imagine you’d want to use at least a cold greenhouse in Wisconsin, either that or sow in very early spring. They grow well in cold soils, but snow isn’t going to help.

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  9. duane thompson

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    duane thompson

    wild lettuce, lactuca virosa.. is this the plant that can be cooked down and made into a pain reducer? back in 1600’s in usa, people would cook it down and use, when couldn’t get opium.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, it is the same plant.

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