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Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rosso'

Lettuce

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

There is a bewildering diversity of lettuce types, with more appearing all the time. Butterheads are soft loose-hearted varieties, crispheads or icebergs are large dense and crunchy, cos types have upright, crisp leaves, and loose-leaf do not make hearts but are gathered as dense leafy heads or individual leaves are picked over a long period. 'Lollo Rosso' has very pretty frilly reddish-pink leaves. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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


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