Henpecked variety description

Variation in population. Two of 12 plants are light green and have flatter leaves. One plant is light green and ruffled and has slightly pigmented petioles on the underside. All leaves are spatulate is shape with a lobed outline and wavy margin. Leaves have moderate blistering. Non-heading variety. Plants measure 13-19 inches tall and 20-44 inches wide. Strong bitter flavor.

Henpecked variety history

This is a family heirloom collard grown by J.D. and Shelby Futrell of Richlands, North Carolina. It was given to them by Shelby’s mother, Liza Scott, who died in 2001 at the age of 89. Liza grew and saved seeds of this collard all of her adult life. Liza’s own mother, Callie Scott, originally gave her the seed. In 2004, J.D. and Shelby shared some seeds with Dr. 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 this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (PI 662807).

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.