Lactuca virosa WILD LETTUCE (plant)

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Wild lettuce or opium lettuce is a variety of wild and hardy lettuce.
The plant can grow up to 2 m in height.
Its flowering is summer.
Its stems and leaves contain a sticky white latex, the main vein of the leaf has a row of small spines.

Wild lettuce counts with the soporific poppy and henbane among the most famous sedative, analgesic and antispasmodic plants known since Antiquity.

In the past, it was considered a magical plant associated with black magic.
The latex collected by incision on the plant has hypnotic and soothing properties.
It was long suspected of being used in witches' ointments.

The juice of the plant is a white liquid which contains lactucarium, a relaxant similar to papaveraceae in its appearance.


Wild lettuce plant
10 to 20 cm high, delivered with numerous roots.

As soon as you receive the plant, transplant it into a 3 liter pot.
Use a good horticultural soil when planting, pack well then water.
It is also possible to grow wild lettuce directly in the ground in a sunny location.
Water your crop well after planting.

  • Easy to grow.
  • Very rapid growth.
  • Requires little maintenance.

Do not consume without medical advice.
To be collected as an ethnobotanical plant only.

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