Botanical name: 

Also see Wild Lettice.


A common plant in our kitchen gardens, which we eat raw. When it rises to flower it is two feet and a half high. The stalk is round, thick, very upright, and of a pale green. The leaves are oblong, broad, and somewhat waved at the edges: the flowers stand on the tops of the stalks, and are of a pale yellow; the seed is winged with a light white down.

The juice of lettice is a good medicine to procure sleep, or the thick stalk eaten will serve the same purpose. It is a good method to put those into, who require a gentle opiate, and will not take medicines.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.