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Lactuca sativa 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Merveille des Quatre Saisons
Additional cultivar information: (aka Marvel of Four Seasons, Wonder of Four Seasons)

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jessums On Jun 2, 2014, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This lettuce had a color interest and a great crunch.

Positive carminator1 On Nov 6, 2009, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love the looks and the taste of this lettuce, now that it is finally getting colder here in Mobile Al, the color is getting darker. I have not had any problems as far as pests attaking the lettuces at all and believe me we have had a lot of catterpillars here due to all the rain we've been getting. Will definetely grow again.

Positive dmj1218 On Nov 26, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Not so "red" down here (but then again, these are young plants and its still pretty warm) but a nice butterhead type lettuce for the fall garden.

Positive rebecca101 On Jan 1, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Gorgeous lettuce - one of my favorites just to look at. Leaves are green shading gradually into pink and then deep burgandy tips. It forms a crinkly rosette. Nice soft texture and sweet flavor as well. But despite its name, it did not hold well in summer for me. I'd say it's a better two-season lettuce: spring and fall.

Positive A2JC4life On Apr 19, 2005, A2JC4life from Gloucester, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Presumably this is the same thing as "Four Seasons". That being the case, it is growing in my Gloucester, VA garden. (And this is the first time I've ever *had* a garden, so it must not be too hard to grow!)

Positive Lettuceman On Dec 22, 2004, Lettuceman from Dayton, WA wrote:

French for "Marvel of Four Seasons," this is one of my all-time favorites. A beautiful lettuce with lots of red mixed with a little bronze and light green on wide, thick and slightly savoyed leaves. I grow this one both in the early Spring and Fall.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Plant seeds in early spring and again in late summer through fall. The best time is early autumn, when plants have just enough time to mature before the onset of very cold weather.

Four Seasons is a "red" variety of "Butterhead" lettuce.

To harvest, take off the outer leaves or take up the whole plant.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 13, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This lettuce, a Cos (bibb) type, retains its flavor despite adverse weather. One of the best for summer salads. 50 days from seed.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Lawndale, California
Mountain View, California
San Francisco, California
Troy, New York
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Dayton, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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