Blue Lettuce (2)

Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella

Blue Lettuce
Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Chicory Lettuce
Photo taken on: July 20, 2009
Location: Wet Mountains, Eastern CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Moist meadows, roadsides

Grows to 3ft with milky sap. Leaves are mostly basal and grayish-green. Flowers are 1 inch across and pale blue to lavender. Flowers grow at top of branches compared to Chicory.

Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella
Lactuca ludoviciana

Biannual Lettuce
Lactuca ludoviciana

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Louisiana Lettuce, Wild Lettuce
Photo taken on: July 29, 2005
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Moist meadows and woods

Grows to 3ft with leafy stems compared to Blue Lettuce which has mostly basal leaves. The rays have several notches on the tip, Blue Lettuce has two shallow notches. Blue Lettuce is more purple than Biannual Lettuce.

Flora of North America reference.

Blue/Purple Single Flowers