Wild Lettuce

Lactuca spp.

Photo of Wild Lettuce
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Wild lettuce is sometimes called compass plant because the leaves appear to line up north and south. It has recently become a problem in the container nursery because of its wind blown seed. It has milky sap. One species has spines and is called prickly lettuce. Some species attain heights of 8-10 feet.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences