Grandma Hadley's Lettuce

Lactuca sativa | SKU: 0114A
4 Reviews
$3.25 to $29.50
  • Staff Favorite
  • Organic
  • Heavy dark purple tinge on leaf edges
  • Buttery and crisp leaves are slightly sweet
  • Butterhead
  • 40-55 days to maturity

$3.25 to $29.50

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Item Details

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

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Amazing texture and flavor


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


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!

Fantastic lettuce!


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.

A favorite


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.