Lactuca sativa ‘Lollo Rosso’


  • Botanical name: Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rosso'
  • Common name: Lettuce
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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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 lettuce plants from slugs and snails. Sow seed successionally over summer and harvest regularly to prevent bolting.

How to grow Lactuca 'Lollo Rosso'

  • Plant size

    15cm height

    25cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

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Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in December

Lactuca 'Lollo Rosso' and wildlife

Lactuca 'Lollo Rosso' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Lactuca 'Lollo Rosso' poisonous?

Lactuca 'Lollo Rosso' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People