Cabbage Collard variety description
Plants 19-23 inches tall and 26-40 inches wide. Spatulate leaves have a light green narrow to medium midvein and a wavy margin. 3 plants have lighter green leaves that border yellow-green. 7 plants have green leaves. Of the 7 plants 3 have very prominent leaf veins and more ruffled leaves. 2 plants with purple stems while the other 8 have light green stems. Slight heading capabilities. Sweet, but slight bitterness.
Cabbage Collard variety history
Lonnie Killete of Goldsboro, North Carolina began growing this collard variety in 1960 when he received it from Floyd Jones. Mr. Jones had been saving seed of the variety “for many years before that time.” In 2004, Lonnie Killete gave some seeds to Dr. John Morgan, a cultural geographer and 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 the variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (PI 662797).
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.