William Alexander Heading 133044

Variation in variety. Slight variation in intensity of green color of leaves from green to dark green, leaf outline from entire to wavy, and leaf angle from open to semiprostrate. Leaf shape varies from elliptic to ovate. and have moderate bloom. Leaf blistering also varies from low to moderate. Plants have slight heading capabilities. Plants measure 15-26 inches tall and 25-40 inches wide. Variety has a strong mustardy flavor and slight sweetness.

History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (PI 662816). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. Edward Davis (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2004 from William Alexander of Columbia, North Carolina. Mr. Alexander is an African-American farmer, then 77 years old, who has saved seed all his life, probably since about 1940. He can’t recall where he first got the seed, probably from his father. He likes the variety’s slight heading trait and selects for that when he saves seeds.

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