Seed Exchange - This storied collard checks all the boxes! Its uniform, green leaves boast a sweet flavor without a sharp brassica taste. Its leaves grow upright to moderately spreading, reaching up to 2' long and 1' wide; plants average 2' tall and 2.5-3' in diameter. Longtime steward Miss Annie Pearl Counselman received this variety in the early 1950s. In 2012, at age 94, she shared it with Tom Lambard, who donated the variety to Seed Savers Exchange in 2015. 60-80 days.
From the Seed Savers Exchange Collection
Plants grow to 2 feet tall
Leaves grow upright to moderately spreading
Very good eating qualities
On a Mission This heirloom collard dates back to at least 1935 in Beaufort County, North Carolina where it was grown by Ellen Felton. Ellen’s son, Harrell, continued to grow and save seed of this variety every year. In 2003, Harrell shared seeds of his mother’s variety with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recognizing that this seed-saving tradition was in decline, the USDA embarked on a collard seed search in the Carolinas. Researchers drove many hundreds of miles and met several dozen home gardeners, like Harrell, who shared treasured, family heirloom varieties.
Seed Savers Exchange is honored to bring this variety out of our bank and into the hands of gardeners.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in spring after the last frost
Plant 4" apart
Plant 1/2" Deep
Plant Rows 20-24" apart
Thin 12" Apart