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Dj Leason
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I would like to know what this plant is and if it is edible. Location: zone 7; North Central Arkansas
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Judith Browning
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Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
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Hi Dj and welcome to Permies!...we are also in the Ozarks but I don't recognize the plant...I am sure someone here will ID it for you.
 
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I was just out at the edge of our woods and the same plant is everywhere here also...sometimes I don't see the "plant for the trees"! We think it is a wild lettuce...I would start my research there for a better ID and edibility. We forage a lot but haven't considered that one.
If it is 'Lactuca biennis' it has some medicinal properties but also warnings for use. Wild lettuce is not listed in any of my references as edible.
 
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You were close. Thanks. I found it under 2 different names: Lactuca canadensis and Lactuca quercina.
EatTheWeeds.com calls it the former and PFAF.org, the latter. Both have the same description. They say leaves are edible raw or cooked before it flowers but it does come with some warnings. I took one bite of a leaf. It tasted a bit like kale. It did not make me sick, but that was just one bite.
 
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