Morris Header variety description

Plants have continuous variation in leaf toothing and blistering, but all leaves are light green with light green stems. Leaves are highly lacerate and have a wavy to dentate margin. Leaves tend to curve upward. Plants are semi-prostrate and have moderate heading capabilities. Plants measure 14-20 inches tall and 33-50 inches wide. Mild mustard flavor and slightly sweet.

Morris Header variety history

Stewarded by Mayo McLamb of Nakina, North Carolina, who has grown and saved seeds of this variety for several decades. His grandfather, Morris Long, was reputed to have developed this collard in the early 20th century. In 2006, Mayo gave 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 this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (G 32760).

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.