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While in the same plant family as garden lettuce, this wild version is seldom used for greens. It becomes too tough too early, although the young plant is edible if cooked and the flower buds are also if cooked before the bud groups elongate into flowers. This is a tall plant - to 8 feet - and found in various untended places in late summer. The floral array is pyramidal in shape and quite large, composed of many flower heads, with some in bud stage, some in flower and some in seed. The Minnesota Chippewa used the milky stem sap to treat warts. The plant can be found in almost every U.S. State and Canadian Province.
“August has a look all its own, field and meadows are turning from green to yellow. Meadows waysides are aglow with golden-rods mingling with the blue and purple of asters. Birds songs are no longer heard to any extent, yet the air is full of insect music, outstanding of which is the whirring crescendo of the big cicada, as well as the chirps of crickets, katydids and grasshoppers. So the summer is retreating before the slow but sure advance of autumn and already carries a hint of the changes soon to take place.” Former Garden Curator Martha Crone, 1962, from The Fringed Gentian™
Clustered lilies in the shadows,
Lapt in golden ease they stand,
Rarest flower in all the meadows,
Richest flower in all the land;
Royal lilies in the sunlight,
Brave with Summer’s fair array,
Drowsy thro’ the evening silence,
Crown of all the August day!
Article: As the season moves into late Summer the diversity of plants is great as the upland prairie part of the Garden reaching its maximum bloom, while there are still some blooms in the woodland and the marsh. Here is a small selection of five on the more unusual plants.
Jewelweeds. Also called 'Touch-me-nots' this article explains how they function and their history in the Garden.