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Common Name: White Lettuce
Prenanthes alba is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
North-eastern N. America - Maine to Georgia, west to Saskathewan and Arkansas.
Rich woods and thickets[
]. Sandy oak-scrub, open oak-hickory woods, deciduous forests, dunes, creek banks, road cuts at elevations of 100 - 200 metres[
Succeeds in shade or semi-shade in a moist but well-drained humus-rich neutral to acid soil[
The powdered root is sprinkled on food to stimulate milk flow after childbirth[
A tea made from the roots is used as a wash for weakness[
A latex in the stems is diuretic, it is used in female diseases[
]. It is also taken internally in the treatment of snakebite[
A poultice of the leaves or roots is applied to snakebites, dog bites etc[
Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse in spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.