Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce 'Freckles'

Lactuca sativa

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:

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Other details:

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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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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

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


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

Red freckles on elongated apple green leaves identify this Romaine.


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!


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.