The smooth, large, round, leafy, and commonly purple-stained stalk of the graceful White Lettuce grows from two to five feet high along woodland borders and thickets, during August and September, from Georgia and Kentucky to Canada. The alternating leaves vary greatly in size and shape. The long-stemmed lower ones are large and broad, and are deeply cut and slashed. As they ascend the stalk, they graduate through several forms into small, lance-shaped leaves at the top, with entire margins. The numerous, fragrant, nodding, bell-shaped flower heads are greenish or yellowish white and often tinged with lilac. They are borne in loose, open, narrow, terminal clusters on slender stems that usually spring from the axils of the leaves. They are formed of from eight to fifteen drooping ray flowers, surrounded with eight principal, coloured bracts with several minute outer ones at their base. The cream-coloured stamens protrude with two spiral tips beyond the prettily curved corolla. The flowers are succeeded by a tuft of silky, cinnamon brown fluff. In certain parts of Virginia and North Carolina where this perennial herb grows, much faith is attached to it as a remedy for rattlesnake bites. The milky juice is taken freely internally, and the leaves are steeped in water which is locally applied and frequently changed. It is also used for summer complaint.