Project Category: Seed Savers Exchange Collection

Cabbage Collard – 32

Variation seen in this variety. Of 12 total plants, 3 plants have more light green leaves than the other 9 that have yellow green leaves. Of the lighter green leaved plants, 1 has flatter leaves that aren’t as ruffled. 1 plant is not healthy looking and has red coloring and very dentate leaf margins. Plants measure 15-21 inches tall and 30-40 inches wide. Moderate head forming capabilities. Well-liked by staff. Taste is sweet with a slight bitterness.

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Cannon’s Yellow Cabbage Collard – 71

Uniform variety, but one plant has light purple on the stem and slight purple color on underside of leaf petioles. Leaves are yellow-green, elliptic to ovate in shape with a lobed outline and wavy margin. Leaves have low to moderate blistering. Plants are semi-prostrate and have slight heading capability. Small plants measure 8-15 inches tall and 18.5-32 inches wide. Average eating qualities.

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Big Daddy – Greasy Green – 35

Variety has 2 distinct types. 9 of 12 plants are greasy, while the other 3 are non-greasy. One greasy plant has leaves forming a rosette; others are long-petioled. Among non-greasy plants, one is a dark and dull blue-green color, while the second plant is medium green with a kale-like central stem and incised leaves, and the third has highly undulate leaves, a more erect growth habit and is significantly larger than the others. Varieties are semi-prostrate and have no heading capabilities. Tough variety that has some slight sweetness to it.

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Morris Header – 47

Mild flavor. Some variability in leaf color ranges from green to dark green. Leaf texture varies from non-blistered to puckered. Leaf angle semi-prostrate to open. Plants want to form a head with inner leaves. Plants measure 1.7-2.3′ tall and 2.0-2.7′ in diameter. Largest leaves measure 1.3-2.0′ long and 8-12″ in diameter.

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Crinkle Leaf – 31

Continuous variation in planting. One plant is a lighter shade of green and more droopy leaves. Two plants are more heavily blistered and the leaves are more dentate (or crinkly as the name says). The others have some variability in leaf shape from flat and round to longer and elliptic. Plants measure 15-21 inches tall and 24-40 inches wide. Slightly tough and bitter, but has some underlying sweetness and a nice spicy flavor. Slight heading capabilities.

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