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Composite (Lettuce) Family


Lettuce is native to the Mediterranean Basin and has been cultivated at least since Roman times. Lettuce is largely self-pollinating so doesn’t need isolation. If you have a few lettuce plants that happen to start going to seed before you get to eat them, let them flower and save seed from them!

Black Seeded Simpson

Black Seeded Simpson (1850) is an early leaf lettuce with large light-green curly leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Prizehead

Prizehead has large loose heads of tender green leaves edged in red.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Mescher

Mescher is an older German butterhead (1700’s) that came to North America in the 19th century. It is early and produces small crisp heads whose leaves are edged in red.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Pirat

Pirat is a tender mid-season butterhead with medium-sized heads edged with red.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Buttercrunch

Buttercrunch (c) (AAS 1963) makes a tight crisp green head and is slow to bolt.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Red Deer Tongue

Red Deer Tongue is a cross of green deer tongue with a very red leaf lettuce. Leaves are long and pointed, red with a white midrib. Makes a head something like a butterhead.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Plato

Plato is a very dark green romaine with dense heads and good disease resistance.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Forellenschluss

Forellenschluss is an Austrian heirloom romaine whose name translates “speckled like a trout.” The leaves are medium green with splotches of maroon.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Outredgeous

Outredgeous has very red upright leaves with ruffed edges and forms a loose romaine head at maturity.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Devil’s Tongue

Devil’s Tongue has very dark red leaves and fairly loose heads. Not a distinct cultivar (note the two colours of seeds) but a collection of very similar but genetically diverse lines.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Lettuce Blend

Lettuce Blend is a mix of leave lettuces, butterheads and romaine, mostly greens with a bit of red thrown in.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Morton’s Mix

Morton’s Mix comes from Frank Morton’s lettuce breeding program in Oregon which emphasizes organic growing and breeding for taste and disease resistance. Contains about eight new lettuce lines and will give you a wide variety of colours and forms.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Philosopher’s Mix

Philosopher’s Mix is a mix of about all the colours and forms you can find in a romaine (cos) lettuce. From Frank Morton.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
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