Data specific to Lettuces (Edit)
Lettuce Type: Looseleaf

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Spread: up to 16 inches
Leaves: Other: Grown for its large, loose, crumpled, light green edible leaves. Slightly ruffled and blistered. Very early lettuce, ASAP in Spring. NOT heat tolerant.
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: 40F to 75F. Fastest from 60F to 70F.
Days to germinate: 2-15
Depth to plant seed: 1/8 inch deep
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Lettuce almost never cross-pollinates. It has perfect flowers and usually self-pollinates before opening. 42 DTM. OP variety. Heirloom, at least 1850.
Pollinators: Self

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of 'Black-Seeded Simpson'.

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Black-Seeded Simpson'
  • 'Henderson's Black-Seeded Simpson'

Common names
  • Lettuce

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Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 6/12/2023
Harvested today! Grown in a hanging pot.
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-04-21
Grows well in a container
Location: My Gardens
Date: June 17, 2016
Container Grown
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 5/15/2023
Just transplanted

Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Norfolk, VA (USDA zone 8a)
Date: 2012-04-16

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-03-01
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-03-07

Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissio
  • Uploaded by Joy
  • Posted by jamyers59 (Smithwick, Texas - Zone 8b) on Jan 6, 2014 12:19 AM concerning plant:
    What a beautiful Lettuce! Does anyone know how well it would do as a container plant on our apartment balcony here between Houston and Galveston? I know I could tempt the wife away from her old standard "Iceberg" from the "chain" grocer down the street if I could coax a few of these varieties to grow here.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On March 4, 2018 Seeds sown
NikkiGerena On May 17, 2017 Plant emerged
NikkiGerena On May 8, 2017 Seeds sown
paleohunter On January 20, 2024 Seeds sown
paleohunter On September 5, 2022 Seeds sown
Johannian On June 12, 2023 Harvested
Harvested all four stalks.
Johannian On February 1, 2023 Seeds sown
Winter sown in milk jugs.
TomatoNut95 On September 18, 2023 Seeds sown
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