Saturday, August 22, 2015
Prickly lettuce, a native of Europe, can grow up to about 6 feet tall, (though I doubt they will in 2015) and they are indeed prickly as they have a row of spiky hairs on the underside of their leaves. And they can be eaten in a salad (thanks, I'll pass). But it is the cheery, pale-yellow, chicory-like flower that is the most pleasant feature of Lactuca serriola. So delicate looking, but so hardy. Let's hope for some rain this winter.