weed or wildflower

Asked July 28, 2014, 7:03 PM EDT

I live in the Larsmont/Old North Shore rd, Two Harbors area and have been seeing this
plant for the past few years, it is not agressive, but looks like it could
be a weed? (see attached). The flowers, when it blooms, are small and
white. The lower leaves are always arrowhead shaped, then they progress to
oval. Should I be concerned? If you cannot identify, could you let me
know who can.

Thanks,

Gina Sacchetti

Lake County Minnesota

3 Responses

It looks like Prenanthes alba (common names are rattlesnake root, lion's foot or white lettuce). See http://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/white-rattlesnake-root The red version is called Prenanthes racemosa. The leaves vary greatly, so the pictures may not exactly match what you see and the plants you find may not match each other. This is a native wildflower and nothing to be concerned about. In fact, native plant companies sell seeds. I think they are pretty cool.

Terri, Thank you so very much for your answer!! It relieves me greatly. Like I said previously, the plant is pretty laid back and non-intrusive. I will love it and care for it like my other native shrubs and plants. Sincerely, Gina Sacchetti

I am glad it is in a good home and hope the deer don't find it! I find it interesting that it is suspected as being a past treatment for rattlesnake bites. We may have to deal with deer and mosquitoes the size of Buicks, but at least we don't have rattlesnakes!

Here is a little more information on your plant in case you are interested: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/wh_lettuce.htm
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PRAL2
http://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/rattlesnakeroot.html