The Collards

In 2016 Seed Savers Exchange, in collaboration with Ira Wallace at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, requested over 60 varieties from the USDA to trial at Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa. These varieties were collected by Edward H. Davis and John T. Morgan from seed savers across the Southeast, mostly in North and South Carolina. These varieties were identified as rare heirlooms and the intention was to regenerate them and share the seed with seed savers across the country. Only fragments of the full story of these varieties were collected by Edward H. Davis and John T. Morgan. There is remarkable diversity in this unique collection!  Most of the seed savers contacted by Davis and Morgan were over the age of 60 and did not have willing recipients to share their seeds with the next generation of seed savers. The core collection of collards forms the basis for our work to educate, promote, share and save these collards.

Tabitha Dykes Heirloom Collard Variety

Collard Seed Stewards

We are working with a skilled group of seed savers to grow, save and steward these heirloom collard varieties. If you are a seed saver and want to steward one of these varieties then please get in touch for more information.

White Cabbage Collard Heirloom Variety

Collards GROWERS

These collards and delicious and diverse. As we slowly regenerate seed stock the seeds will be available through Ujamaa Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Seed Savers Exchange. Grab some seeds and grow some collards!

Brickhouse Old Heirloom Collard Variety

Collard Community

These collards are inspiring all sorts of creative collard focused projects from academic research to plant breeding to artwork, food and celebration. We invite you to get inspired and stay in touch. We want to share your work.

Below is a portfolio of heirloom collards in the Seed Savers Exchange collection. We hope to continue to profile and add varieties to this list to increase awareness and use of these varieties. You can filter the collection using the categories below.

Buddy Brickhouse – 78

Buddy Brickhouse – 78

Lyda Gibbs – 79

Lyda Gibbs – 79

Drusilla DeLone – 80

Drusilla DeLone – 80

Bum Dennis Cabbage Collard – 81

Bum Dennis Cabbage Collard – 81

William Moore – 82

William Moore – 82

Cabbage Collard – 83

Cabbage Collard – 83

Fulton Stroud – 84

Fulton Stroud – 84

Big Daddy Old Fashioned Bluestem – 85

Big Daddy Old Fashioned Bluestem – 85

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 86

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 86

Morris Improved Heading – 87

Morris Improved Heading – 87

Louisiana Sweet – 92

Louisiana Sweet – 92

Nancy Malone Wheat Purple Collard – 56

Nancy Malone Wheat Purple Collard – 56

R.L. Alexander – 57

R.L. Alexander – 57

Tabitha Dykes – 58

Tabitha Dykes – 58

Old Timey Blue – 59

Old Timey Blue – 59

Old-Fashioned – 61

Old-Fashioned – 61

Cabbage Collard – 62

Cabbage Collard – 62

Susan Turner – 63

Susan Turner – 63

Old Timey Yellow Cabbage Collard – 64

Old Timey Yellow Cabbage Collard – 64

Hard Headed Cabbage Collard – 65

Hard Headed Cabbage Collard – 65

Granny Hobbs – 66

Granny Hobbs – 66

Old Timey Green – 67

Old Timey Green – 67

Henpecked – 68

Henpecked – 68

Reba’s – 69

Reba’s – 69

Fuzzy’s Cabbage Collard – 70

Fuzzy’s Cabbage Collard – 70

Moses Smith Yellow Cabbage Collard – 72

Moses Smith Yellow Cabbage Collard – 72

E.B. Paul – 73

E.B. Paul – 73

Ellen Felton Dark Collard – 75

Ellen Felton Dark Collard – 75

William Alexander Heading – 76

William Alexander Heading – 76

Bill’s Pea Ridge – 77

Bill’s Pea Ridge – 77

Ethel Mae Byrd – 34

Ethel Mae Byrd – 34

Jernigan Yellow Cabbage Collard – 36

Jernigan Yellow Cabbage Collard – 36

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 37

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 37

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 38

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 38

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 39

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 39

Minnie Mizelle Cabbage Collard – 41

Minnie Mizelle Cabbage Collard – 41

Bradshaw Cabbage Collard – 42

Bradshaw Cabbage Collard – 42

Weldon Rouse Old Timey Cabbage Collard – 43

Weldon Rouse Old Timey Cabbage Collard – 43

Cabbage Collard – 44

Cabbage Collard – 44

Old Timey – 45

Old Timey – 45

Morris Header – 46

Morris Header – 46

Yellow – 48

Yellow – 48

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 49

Yellow Cabbage Collard – 49

Morris Heading – 50

Morris Heading – 50

Morris Heading – 51

Morris Heading – 51

Georgia – 53

Georgia – 53

Bradshaw Cabbage Collard – 54

Bradshaw Cabbage Collard – 54

White Cabbage Collard – 55

White Cabbage Collard – 55

Heodrig – 1

Heodrig – 1

Willis Collard Greens – 2

Willis Collard Greens – 2

Purple – 3

Purple – 3

Ole Timey Blue – 4

Ole Timey Blue – 4

Mesic 0 Degree Survivor – 6

Mesic 0 Degree Survivor – 6

Georgia Blue Stem – 7

Georgia Blue Stem – 7

Morris Heading – 13

Morris Heading – 13

North Carolina Yellow – 14

North Carolina Yellow – 14

Giant Purple Flatpoll – 18

Giant Purple Flatpoll – 18

Green Glaze, McCormack’s – 21

Green Glaze, McCormack’s – 21

White Mountain Cabbage Collard – 25

White Mountain Cabbage Collard – 25

Green Glaze – 26

Green Glaze – 26

Miss Annie Pearl Counselman – 27

Miss Annie Pearl Counselman – 27

Cabbage Collard – 28

Cabbage Collard – 28

Cabbage Collard – 29

Cabbage Collard – 29

Cabbage Collard – 30

Cabbage Collard – 30

Cabbage Collard – 32

Cabbage Collard – 32

Brickhouse Old Collard – 33

Brickhouse Old Collard – 33

Cannon’s Yellow Cabbage Collard – 71

Cannon’s Yellow Cabbage Collard – 71

Big Daddy – Greasy Green – 35

Big Daddy – Greasy Green – 35

Morris Header – 47

Morris Header – 47

Crinkle Leaf – 31

Crinkle Leaf – 31

This project is run by a collaboration of organizing partners and collard lovers. Learn more and support their organizations:

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