Lettuce, Cos Lettuce 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'

Lactuca sativa

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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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:

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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 is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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

This lettuce had a color interest and a great crunch.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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.


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.