Big Daddy Old Fashioned Bluestem variety description
Variation in variety. Of 10 plants, one plant has very erect leaves that are highly dissected. One plant is not glossy and has blue-green leaves. One plant is not glossy and has green leaves. Of the seven remaining glossy plants, three are more prostrate. Leaves are elliptic with a lobed to highly dissected outline and wavy margin. Leaves have low to high blistering and a narrow to intermediate midvein. Leaf angle ranges from open to erect. Non-heading variety. Plants measure 15-24 inches tall and 20-47 inches wide. Plants were damaged when low temperatures reach 20 F. Some liked the strong, earthy flavor, while others thought it was not great.
Big Daddy Old Fashioned Bluestem variety history
An heirloom collard from the late Hansel Sellars of Cairo, Georgia. In 2006, Mr. Sellars estimated that he had grown and saved seed of this variety for the last 75 years (back to circa 1930), but he could not recall how he first acquired it. In 2006, he gave seeds to Dr. Edward Davis, a professor of geography at Emory & Henry College, who was collecting heirloom collard strains for preservation on behalf of the USDA Accession. Seed Savers Exchange requested this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (PI 662839).
D-pack means that the seeds are available through the Seed Savers Exchange. Regeneration project are underway with some varieties to build up enough sharable seed stock. We are actively looking for more seed stewards willing to regenerate and steward these varieties. Please get in touch if you are interested.