Lettuce, Mantilia

Lactuca sativa
SKU: 1548A P250
  • Organic
  • Slow to bolt
  • Soft texture and mild flavor
  • Butterhead lettuce

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.


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Lettuce, Mantilia Description

This butterhead lettuce was introduced to the seed trade by Renee Shepherd. It was first offered in the 2005 Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook by Margaret Lauterbach of Boise, Idaho.

It may be that the ancient Egyptians were the first to cultivate lettuce from a weed, valuable for its oil producing seeds, to a food crop grown for its leaves. The Greeks and Romans adopted the vegetable and it spread to Europe. By the 18th century many varieties of lettuce had been developed that still exist today.

Learn to Grow it

This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.

These seeds can be broadcast evenly in sections of the garden to create a bed of tender leaves and thinned to 6 inches apart as they mature. Plant your seeds 1/8-1/2 in. deep.

You can harvest the outer leaves of this plant as they mature or wait till it produces a full-sized head. To prevet the plant from bolting, keep the leaves well watered and cool.

This crop prefers to grow in cool seasons, so gardeners in Zones 8 and warmer should plant this vegetable in the fall. The shade from taller plants can help keep this vegetable cool in sunny gardens and warm climates.