Lettuce, Wild (Wild Lettuce) (Lactuca virosa) seeds, organic
$3.95 – $12.00
Family: Aster (Asteracea)
Hardy to Zones 5 to 9, readily grown as a spring-planted annual
(Lettuce Opium, Wild Lettuce, Bitter Lettuce) Overwintering annual or biennial. Native to Central and Southern Europe. Young plants of giant wild lettuce are a good ingredient for heroic salads. I eat the leaves freely in the early spring. 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–highest latex content, nutrient dense, good winter salad, bright purple-black seeds, much less spiny than the weedy types (e.g Lactuca serriola), which we do not carry. Traditional usage (TWM): Sedative, pain-relieving, antispasmodic, digestive bitter, euphoric used to treat insomnia, restlessness, bodily pain, painful menses, digestive woes. Source of lactucarium, the white latex that contains alkaloids (Lactulin) and sesquiterpene lactones. 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.
Packet contains ~50 seeds
1 g contains ~1,200 seeds
Certified Organically Grown