Grandma Hadley's Lettuce
- Staff Favorite
- Heavy dark purple tinge on leaf edges
- Buttery and crisp leaves are slightly sweet
- 40-55 days to maturity
Donated to SSE in 1988 by Pam Andrew of Arizona. It was given to her by her 85-year-old great-aunt, Flossie Cramer, of Crawford County, IL. Flossie's grandmother, Emma Hadley, grew the lettuce when Flossie was a child (around 1915). It was a family favorite used in a wilted lettuce salad with hot bacon dressing. The dark purple tinged leaves are buttery, crisp and slightly sweet. Butterhead, 40-50 days.
Learn to Grow Grandma Hadley's Lettuce
Direct Seed: 1" Apart
Seed Depth: 1/4"
Germination: 7-14 Days
Thin: 6-8" Apart
Instructions - Sow continuously for a constant supply of lettuce. Best grown in cooler weather. Plant in full sun or partial shade.
Ratings & Reviews
Amazing texture and flavor
by Megan Michelle
Please grow this lettuce....It was happy even though I got it in the ground late here in Oklahoma City, zone 7a. It survived a few hail storms and was a prolific producer. I was harvesting three times a week at it's peak. The texture of this lettuce is so amazingly soft, the best description I can give is I felt like I was eating silk pajamas, lol. The leaf has a good shape for easy harvesting and is nice and flat so it's good for salads and sandwiches. It also stored really well in the refrigerator. If I have to pick one lettuce to grow this would be it.
Beautiful, delicious lettuce
by Vanessa F
This lettuce was the star of my garden this summer. Not only was it beautiful, but it grew prolifically and tasted great! Even my husband, who isn't much of a lettuce eater, was asking for salads daily. I will be growing this for years to come!
by Laura Norris
This is the best lettuce we have ever grown. It is sweet, buttery as describe, and forms a lovely head. It seems resistant to pests and is incredibly resilient to weather changes.
One of my favorite lettuce varieties to grow. It is exceptionally tasty with a great texture. I'm in zone 7b in the northern California Sierra Nevada foothills, and I find that it is slower to bolt than other butter head lettuces.
by Ellen in So Cal
I planted these seeds in June and again in July, but not one seed sprouted. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but maybe I'll try again this April when it's a little cooler?
Soft as silk butter lettuce
by J. J. Steinmeier
I have had good success with these seeds this winter. My only complaint is the birds want to eat them too. The larger the head the more likely you will get a crisp center, otherwise edges do mimic a little bit of the red leaf lettuce they look like. Yum.