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SOLVED: Wild Plant ID

Kansas City, MO

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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Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

That looks to me like Chicory - Cichorium intybus:

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

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

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

Hey I agree I have that one.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

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.

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

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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Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

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.

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

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

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

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

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

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

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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

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