I have this growing on the bank behind my cottage and am very curious to know what it is:

  • It has long, broad leaves that narrow and expand drastically
  • It's at least 6 feet tall
  • The stem is about 1" in diameter thick, is green with purple streaks, and appears to be smooth.
  • There are no flowers on top (this is in early August in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York)

Weird weed


It might be Lactuca biennis, commonly known as Tall Blue Lettuce, but without a close up of a leaf, and without knowing if it has short hairs along the veins on the underside (midrib particularly), and in the absence of any flower heads or actual flowers, its hard to be sure. Info here



It looks like giant lettuce. You probably want to remove it before it flowers and sets seed.

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