Ellen Felton Dark Collard 133043

Uniform variety. Leaves are green, elliptic in shape with an entire outline, and wavy to toothed margin. Leaves have moderate amount of bloom, moderate blistering, and an open growth habit. Two plants have a bit of pigment on the petioles. Plants have slight heading capabilities. Plants measure 15-22 inches tall and 22-35 inches wide. Plants fared well when low temperatures reached 20 F. Very good taste qualities. Variety is sweet with slight fruitiness, tender, and low bitterness. Well-liked by Seed Savers staff.

History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (PI 662814). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. Edward Davis (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2003 from Alice and Harrell Felton of Eure, North Carolina. This variety dates at least back to 1935. Harrell got them from his mother, Ellen Felton, who lived in Beaufort County, NC and who also saved seed.

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