Granny Hobbs variety description

Variation in population. Of 10 plants, one plant has much flatter leaves while one plant has a bit of pigmentation on the mid rib/petiole. Other plants have green obovate to orbicular shaped leaves with a wavy margin, moderate bloom, moderate blistering, and light green petioles. Plants have moderate heading capabilities. Plants measure 13-23 inches tall and 25-39 inches wide. Plants were damaged by temperatures reaching 20 F. Slightly bitter, but tender.

Granny Hobbs variety history

This is a family heirloom collard grown by Ed Sanders of Holly Ridge, North Carolina. The stewardship of this collard traces back to Ed’s grandmother, Lena Wilson Hobbs, who died in the 1930’s. Lena passed the seeds down to her daughter (Ed’s mother), Gertrude Hobbs Sanders, who in turn passed the seed down to Ed and his sister, Lena Sanders Ritter. In 2004, Ed Sanders shared seeds with 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 received this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (PI 662804).

Seed Status:

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.