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Lactuca sativa 'Freckles'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

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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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Sep 8, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Freckles is an heirloom romaine. The Austrians call it "forellenschuss" which translates as "trout, self-enclosing", indicating its speckled appearance. The red and green coloration of the leaves will add a creative twist to a traditional Caesar Salad. This variety has a good heat tolerance (rare for Romaines) and excellent flavor. Pick leaves at any stage or mature heads in 55 days.

Positive beclu727 On May 12, 2007, beclu727 from Dacula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Nice lettuce, but the germination rate for this wasn't as good as others I planted.

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

This is a cute little romaine type - bright green splattered with maroon.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jun 10, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Red freckles on elongated apple green leaves identify this Romaine.

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

Freckles is an attractive, red splotched semi-open Romaine lettuce. I like to grow it early in the Spring to harvest right at maturity, because it doesn't hold long in the garden. This variety definetly dislikes heat!

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 21, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Freckles is a semi-cos lettuce whose leaves are a celery green with burgundy speckles. Slow to bolt. Matures in 70 days.


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

Clovis, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Longmont, Colorado
Dacula, Georgia
Pukalani, Hawaii
Portland, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Artondale, Washington
Dayton, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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