Ellen Felton Dark Collard variety description
Uniform variety. Leaves are green, elliptic in shape with an entire outline, and wavy to toothed margin. Leaves have moderate amount of bloom, moderate blistering, and an open growth habit. Two plants have a bit of pigment on the petioles. Plants have slight heading capabilities. Plants measure 15-22 inches tall and 22-35 inches wide. Plants fared well when low temperatures reached 20 F. Very good taste qualities. Variety is sweet with slight fruitiness, tender, and low bitterness. Well-liked by Seed Savers staff.
Ellen Felton Dark Collard variety history
Stewarded by Alice and Harrell Felton of Eure, North Carolina, this variety dates back to at least 1935. Harrell got them from his mother, Ellen Felton, who lived in Beaufort County, NC and who also saved seed. In 2003, Alice and Harrell 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 662814).
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.