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Lollo Rosso Lettuce

Lactuca sativa var. crispa 'Lollo Rosso'

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Lollo Rosso Lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. crispa 'Lollo Rosso') at Pesche's Garden Center

Lollo Rosso Lettuce

Lollo Rosso Lettuce

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Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


Beautiful for edging, patio containers and gardens, this slow to bolt variety produces gorgeous rosettes of deep burgundy and green crinkled leaves; mild and tender, great for salads, appetizers and sandwiches; can be grown all season long

Edible Qualities

Lollo Rosso Lettuce is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The crinkled fan-shaped green leaves with distinctive ruby-red edges are usually harvested from mid spring to early fall. The leaves have a mild taste and a crisp texture.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared

Planting & Growing

Lollo Rosso Lettuce will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop. Because of its relatively short time to maturity, it lends itself to a series of successive plantings each staggered by a week or two; this will prolong the effective harvest period.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average conditions that are neither too wet nor too dry, and is very intolerant of standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety.; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Lollo Rosso Lettuce is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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