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Iceyred
Kansas City, MO

September 21, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #9282237

Found four of these plants growing inches apart from one another...In an area where wild grapes grow...they attract numerous species of bird and our deer. There are no others growing that I have found in my area. They look like a type Motherwort or Borage plant but the leaves are different.

Plant stands about 2.5 ft (it does not look as if its done growing yet)



Solved: Lactuca Pulcehella (Blue Lettuce)

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kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



September 21, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9282379

That looks to me like Chicory - Cichorium intybus: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/690/

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 21, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9282404

I agree with kennedyh...very common here in west KY.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

September 21, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9282411

Hey I agree I have that one.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9282428

I have to disagree. The leaves are are more similar to Wild Lettuce, possibly either Lactuca floridana or L. biennis. Also, the petal tips are different from those of Chickory, but like those of the above Lactuca species, as are the highly branched panicles.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

September 21, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9282436

That is possible Here a couple of chicory ;looks the same as far as fading blooms I have seen the leaves look that way only they have many variations.

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9282445

Take a close look at the flowers. The tips of the Chickory are "squared off" and "ragged", while those of the mystery plant are nicely rounded. Also the Chickory does not exhibit the prominent dark blue stamens seen in the mystery plant. At first glance the flowers look very similar and the Chickory is see everywhere, so it is easy to conclude that that is what was posted.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

September 21, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9282451

I agree with greenthumb99 the stamen and seed pod show a difference also ,if my photo was a little more clear it be obvious.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 22, 2012
5:56 AM

Post #9282834

I believe you're right...I've photographed that plant as well and had forgotten the blue blooms.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 22, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9282900

good call greenthumb! The posted plant has flower branching much different from the common roadside chicory. I've never seen blue flowering wild lettuce.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9282924

Here are some images for Latuca pulchella, wild blue lettuce. which does grow in Missouri

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where-taxon=Lactuca pulchella

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