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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Green Mignonette'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Mignonette

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:
Commercial heirloom
Created heirlooms

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grovespirit On Mar 4, 2011, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Slow bolting and heat tolerant. Great for hydroponic culture.

A delicious butterhead type lettuce, with a mild flavor similar to Bibb. As with most butterheads this is a small lettuce best harvested when under 1 lb. in weight.
When hydroponically grown this has light green leaves, but I imagine they can become dark green if grown in soil.

As with most butterhead lettuces it has fragile, highly edible leaves that bruise easily from harsh weather and that tempt many pests such as bugs, snails and wildlife to eat them, which is why I usually grow it indoors.
Also, it's susceptible to tip burn during hot or dry periods, another reason to grow it indoors, or in partial shade in Summertime.

This variety is marketed under the names 'Anuenue' and 'Manoa', in the Hawaiian islands.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 27, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 50 day medium green butterhead.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wahiawa, Hawaii

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