Variation in planting 10 plants total. 1 plant is more prostrate. There is also considerable variation in pigmentation. Most have some sort of purple coloring, but some have more on the stem while others have more on the petiole. All leaves are elliptic and are either entire or slightly lobed with a wavy margin. Leaves have low to moderate blistering. Non-heading variety. Plants measure 12.5-20 inches tall and 22-39 inches wide. Slightly bitter and has a very strong earthy taste.
History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (PI 662805). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. John Morgan (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2004 from Billie Coston of Holly Ridge, North Carolina. Billie purchased her start of this variety as seeds back in 1960 from a man who purchased them several years earlier from an elderly woman who had reportedly saved the seed for decades.