|Scientific Name||Mulgedium oblongifolium (Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LATAP|
|Common Name||Blue Lettuce||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||780457|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 10000 ft.); moist areas in meadows, along ditches, stream banks.
Plant: Erect perennial growing 8 to 40 inches tall; hairless, thick, rigid stem branching several times near the top.
Leaves: Alternate stem leaves, narrow, lanceolate, up to 7 inches long; leaves near base have large pinnate lobes or teeth.
Inflorescence: Dense terminal clusters of dandelion-like flowers with 18 to 50 blue-purple rays, about 1-1/4 inches across; purple-tinged egg-shaped bracts, about 1/2-inch long.
Bloom period: July-September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, E-Flora BC, and American Southwest.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Lactuca tatarica var. pulchella
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