Devil’s Tongue

Crop: Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: Frank Morton Wild Garden Seed

OSSI Pledge Date: 11/18/2015

Release Date: 11/18/2015

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


A dark red spring lettuce with tapered cos-like leaves forming loose heads at maturity. Very buttery texture and thick leaves. Good reports from Texas to the Olympic Peninsula. This is not a pure-line variety, as evidenced by its black and white seeds, but a multiline “landrace” of similar looking (but genetically distinct) sub-lines. Most of our ancestors’ staple crops, their legumes and grains, were also multi-lines. The genetic diversity of these farmer-varieties was the original crop insurance against the vagaries of nature. Farm Original Variety!

Availability from OSSI Seed Company Partners