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Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey: Wild Lettuce
Petey finds a wild lettuce in the mountains and ponders garden lettuce.
near the banks of the ol' guajolote
It is so interesting to think about where our vegetables come from. Some like tomatoes have had an amazing journey across oceans and through time. Others may be just starting the journey to our gardens.
All lettuces in their many forms come from Lactuca sativa, a plant no longer even found in the wild. Hard to believe that iceberg lettuce has any wild genes, but somewhere wildness lurks.
Lactuca graminifolia or grass leaf lettuce can be found in a sky island near you. It would be a fun trip. What are you waiting for?