Drusilla DeLone variety description

Variation in variety. About half the plants have green leaves and the other half has light green leaves. One plant has blueish green leaves and is more upright in growth. One plant with light green leaves is more prostrate in growth habit. Leaves have an entire outline shape and wavy margin and moderate blistering. Leave angle ranges from semi-prostrate to open to erect. Plants have moderate heading capabilities. Plants measure 17-21 inches tall and 30-46 inches wide. Average eating qualities.

Drusilla DeLone variety history

Stewarded by Walter Cutler of Washington, North Carolina. Walter began growing this heirloom variety in about 1970 with seeds that his mother, Drusilla, had always saved. He thinks the variety dates to before 1930. In 2004, Walter gave some 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 662821).

Seed Status:

This variety is low quantity in the Seed Savers Exchange collection and is in need of regeneration. We are actively looking for more seed stewards willing to regenerate and steward this variety. Please get in touch if you are interested. Email collards@seedsavers.org.