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Lettuce: Lactuca sativa 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'

Botanical name: Lactuca sativa 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'

Common name: lettuce

also known as (garden lettuce, celtuce, common lettuce, bibb lettuce)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Lettuce: Lactuca sativa 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'
Lettuce: Lactuca sativa 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'
Lettuce: Lactuca sativa 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 6a thru 11a


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This centuries-old French heirloom bibb lettuce has big heads of radiant color with beautiful ruby-red leaves that surround tightly folded green hearts. ‘Merveille des Quatre Saisons’ is a visual treat that is wonderfully ornamental in the garden. This cherished favorite of many generations will please your palate with large heavy rosettes of crispy, fine-flavored leaves. ‘Merveille des Quatre Saisons’ reliably produces an abundance of big, heavy heads with a particularly lovely color, form and flavor. ‘Merveille des Quatre Saisons’ lettuce is a marvelous French heirloom first introduced to Americans on the original PBS series "The Victory Garden." Ruby red-tipped leaves surround tightly folded green hears in the "bibb" tradition. ‘Merveille des Quatre Saisons’ is a palate-pleasing visual that can be grown quite late in the spring as well as in the fall. Savor young thinnings in your first spring salads. Then harvest plants by cutting mature heads when they feel firm and well-filled out. Pull and discard or compost overmature plants if they begin to elongate (“bolt”) in hot weather as they are bitter at this stage. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


Lactuca sativa is native to the Mediterranean region.

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