Leaves blue-green with a purple blush; shape obovate to elliptic; slightly dentate margins; semi-prostrate. Petioles and veins light to dark purple. High leaf bloom. Largest leaves 14” long, 8” wide. Plants 13-17” tall, 2-3’ wide. Good eating qualities. Sweet, with a slightly floral flavor, especially after a frost. Slightly bitter/chalky.
History: Donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 1989 by Ralph Blackwell of Jasper, Alabama. Ralph was raised on a farm in the Sand Hills of Fayette County, AL where his relatives had been growing this blue collard for as long as he could remember. Ralph and his brother, Barry, recall that they always called it by the name ‘Ole Timey Blue.’ Their mother, Ira Blackwell, grew this cultivar in the 1930s and the family liked the taste of it better than other green-leafed varieties. It was utilized by the family to make a dish similar to sauerkraut.