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Old 08-22-2016, 07:43 AM   #5
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Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
Wow. What a wonderful yard and garden yours must be! Aster and rattlesnake root are two indicators for me.

In what is really my former woodland garden, though I still visit it often, tall white lettuce or rattlesnake root (Prenanthes altissima), was an original resident. I.e. it predated me. It's a really interesting plant, one which I haven't seen mentioned on the sites I visit. (It may be one of those native plants still struggling with its status as a weed; I'm not sure.)

Tall White Lettuce (Prenanthes altissima)

It's well-suited to the shaded woodland garden. Tall, distinctive, late bloomer, popular with small pollinators. Your thread, turttle, gives me the occasion to praise this handsome indicator that summer is ending.
Tall white lettuce looks like a great plant to have, but I have never seen it here. We have wild lettuce and prickly lettuce that are classed as weeds by most people, though I usually leave a couple. I am not sure if it would like my woods. My soil is hard clay with a small but growing layer of organic matter on top. White lettuce likes rich, loamy soil - most plants do! Thank you for the link on this plant. I like to learn about new plants.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, this is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar. - Lord Byron

Turttle's pollinator garden
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