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Lettuce, Wild (Wild Lettuce) (Lactuca virosa), potted plant, organic

$7.50

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 spinosa), 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. Transplant or thin to 6 inches apart.  Flowers yellow to 6 feet.

Potted plant, certified organically grown

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    LP Norris

    when will you have wild lettuce plants available?

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      Richo Cech

      Hello LP, Thank you for staying in touch. We normally don’t offer annuals in potted plant form. Most growers are going to do better planting these in-situ from seed. Under the circumstances we don’t have plans, but if you click the “waitlist” option you’ll get an e-mail when they come back on.
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    Harry Odum

    Do you have wild lettuce seeds for sale?

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    Shannon

    My wild lettuce is growing so well in my garden. This spring it is getting very large and the leaves are not starting to turn bitter. It is my understanding that you can tincture the plant? Is there a resource you would recommend on what part of the plant and how? Do I use the whole plant? Do I have to wilt it first? I have a couple of your books but can’t seem to find a recipe for this particular plant. Thank you for providing such lovely medicinal seeds and plants. I don’t know how to use the picture function or I would show you how happy the plant is amongst my comfrey, yarrow, and lemon balm.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Shannon, “You extract the lactucarium or you dry the leaves and make a tea or tincture according to the basic formulae given in “Making Plant Medicine.” Here’s the youtube I made on the subject, will answer your questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mtVNtV1dVk&t=204s
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    • bnailling

      Hi, I’m a beginner. I am trying to germinate my seeds now. I placed them on a folded DAMP paper towel and into a plastic bag (not a zip lock style bag) and placed the bag in the refrigerator seven days ago. I pulled them out of the frig yesterday for a peek. Nothing had germinated, Should I set them out for some sun, or just wait a few more days, I read somewhere use only a damp towel and germination could be a few to ten days. I used the frig method because the high temp a few days ago was in the 90’s where now we’re in the low 70’s to high 40’s. Any guidance to can provide will be helpful I’m sure.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi, Now that you’ve cold-stratified the seeds, it would be best to plant them in pots according to the directions on our website: “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.” The problem with pulling info from diverse spots on the web is that there are many sites that give rote information linked to a species and the writer never even planted the seeds once. It makes more sense to follow the species-specific directions of the company that is actually growing and distributing the seeds, because clearly they know how to do it. Here’s a link to a blog that will help you get to the next level https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/advanced-seed-planting-tips/
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    Kathryn

    Do these seeds and plants come with growing instructions?? thank you

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      Admin Richo Cech

      yes, they do

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