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Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rosso'


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Key information

Plant type



Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rosso'

Plant details

Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rosso' is a classic Italian lettuce, with dark copper red, crinkled frilly leaves. It makes a colourful addition to summer salads, and has a refreshing taste. It's easy to grow, and can be harvested as a cut-and-come-again lettuce or left to mature to harvest whole.

For best results grow Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rosso' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect young plants from slugs and snails. Sow seed successionally over summer and harvest regularly to prevent bolting.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Lactuca

Species: sativa

Cultivar: Lollo Rosso

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to plant seeds: March to October

Time to plant: May to June

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