Lactuca virosa is a plant in the Lactuca genus. It is related to common lettuce, and is often called wild lettuce, bitter lettuce, laitue vireuse, opium lettuce, poisonous lettuce, tall lettuce, great lettuce or rakutu-karyumu-so. Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) is native to many areas of the world, including North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. This herb thrives in sunny locations, such as along riverbanks and roadsides, and can grow up to six feet (1.8 meters) in height. A biennial herb, wild lettuce grows on the banks of rivers and on waste grounds, flowering in summer. It has a smooth and light green, sometimes purple spotted, erect stem which springs from a brown tap root. It is cultivated in different regions of the world, such as Austria, France, Germany, Scotland and Iran. The whole plant is rich in a milky juice that flows freely when it is scratched. The juice has a bitter taste and a noxious odour. When dried, it hardens, turns brown, and is known as Lactucarium. It is hardy but is not frost tender and the seeds ripen in Autumn. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.
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