Variation in population. Of 10 plants, one plant has much flatter leaves while one plant has a bit of pigmentation on the mid rib/petiole. Other plants have green obovate to orbicular shaped leaves with a wavy margin, moderate bloom, moderate blistering, and light green petioles. Plants have moderate heading capabilities. Plants measure 13-23 inches tall and 25-39 inches wide. Plants were damaged by temperatures reaching 20 F. Slightly bitter, but tender.
History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (PI 662804). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. John Morgan (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2004 from Ed Sanders of Holly Ridge, North Carolina. The stewardship of this collard traces back to Ed’s grandmother, Lena Wilson Hobbs, who died in the 1930’s. Lena Hobbs passed the seeds down to her daughter (Ed’s mother), Gertrude Hobbs Sanders, who in turn passed the seed down to Ed and his sister, Lena Sanders Ritter.