Meet the collards

There exists an amazing diversity of collard varieties, and the collection displayed here is just the start of it. we hope this can be a place to collect histories, stories, and an ever expanding collection of collard varieties.

This project was inspired by the work of Edward H. Davis and John T. Morgan. From 2003-2005 they traveled the Southeast and collected over 70 collard varieties from dedicated seed savers. Their work is detailed in the book, Collards: A Southern Tradition from Seed to Table. There is remarkable diversity in this unique collection!  Most of the seed savers contacted by David and Morgan were over the age of 60 and did not intend to share their seeds with the next generation of seed savers. These varieties have special histories associated with them and a goal of this project to celebrate these stories and support the tradition of growing and sharing heirloom collards.

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

Southern Greasy – 9

Southern Greasy – 9

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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