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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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  1. Question

    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

      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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    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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