Picridium vulgare.

Botanical name: 

Picridium vulgare Desf. Compositae. French Scorzonera.

Europe and the Mediterranean region. This salad plant is cultivated in Italian gardens, where it is much esteemed. It is also used somewhat in France and was introduced into England in 1882. It is also of recent introduction into French culture. In the United States, the species is noted by Burr, 1863. The young leaves and the roots are eaten.

Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.