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Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce 'Buttercrunch'

Lactuca sativa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Buttercrunch
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6-12 in. (15-30 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Richmond, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kissimmee, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Walpole, New Hampshire

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Vinton, Ohio

Baker City, Oregon

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Jonesville, South Carolina

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 28, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Works as a baby lettuce variety for me but (like most lettuces) does not have time to head up in our short spring and fall seasons. My best success with this variety has been in containers.


On Apr 4, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Container grown for the first time in winter 2009. Big and tender leaves.


On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very nice tasting lettuce with thick, tender leaves. It does not get bitter like some other lettuces do. My favorite. I just harvest a few leaves at a time from each plant so that it keep producing.


On Jan 11, 2006, CindyDale from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I grew these in the fall in a raised bed on a patio east side of the house. I harvested them through the entire month of December. They make a great salad. Next time, I will harvest the outer leaves as they get close to the ground - they became damp and the outer leaves began to get a bit rusty as time went on.


On Jun 14, 2005, BassetMom from Lomita, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is the only lettuce I've grown that doesn't bolt immediately in the New Jersey heat and humidity. I will definitely grow this one from now on...


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

A dark green tinged with red Bibb type. Does well in late fall early spring. A good Bibb for this area.


On Jun 1, 2005, MaryE from Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:

I let it go to seed in my vegetable garden where it comes up at random in the spring before I am ready to plant anything else. If it is in the way I pull it up and make salad! A delightful way to deal with a weed (plant in the wrong place).


On May 30, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

My first year growing this delicious, mild lettuce. I'll definately grow it again!


On Apr 25, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very easy to grow lettuce. It is pretty heat tolerant as well. In Florida we grow lettuce in late fall through early spring. It tastes best when grown in cool weather. It isn't too fast to bolt so you can continue harvesting small portions through a prolonged period of time.


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. To guarantee heading before hot weather comes, start seedlings inside and transplant them to the garden, but protect from heavy freezes.