Black-seed Alphange lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia)
Very crunchy lettuce, which a friend from France sent me as a gift a few years ago. Very easy to grow, it seems to like the Quebec terroir. On the Internet, here is what we found about it "This lettuce has certainly been born in the Champagne region since the beginning of the 19th century. Then over the decades, like many varieties it lost its real name.However, it survived time thanks to its undeniable qualities and was kept by a woman named Angèle and continued on its merry way and its propagation under this last name.Luckily, Gilbert Vincent, great collector of beans, was able to carry out after many years of research to find the surname of this old variety, a joint culture with another very old variety also from the Champagne region, the Alphange à graine noire, and was able to observe that it it was the same variety. Angèle was thus able to find her surname." There is also a mention of the variety under its English names in an 1870s London publication, The Garden by William Robinson.
Latin name: Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia
Common names: Angela lettuce
English: Magnum Bonum or Florence black-seeded cos lettuce
|Plant type: Annual|
|Quantity: Envelope of about 200 seeds|
|Plantation: In the garden after the risk of frost|
|Days to maturity: 45 to 50 days|
|Germination: 5 to 10 days|
|Plant spacing: 25 cm|
|Depth: On the surface|
|Width: 30 cm|
|Height: 20 cm to 30 cm|
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