Head Cardinal

Crop: Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Breeder: Frank Morton (Wild Garden Seed)

OSSI Pledge Date: 1/1/2020

Release Date: 1/1/2020

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Stability: Finished Variety

Source: https://www.wildgardenseed.com/product_info.php?products_id=653


The French variety ‘Cardinale’ has been in our catalog over 15 years. We began noticing plants with a tendency to make enclosed heads rather than the expected open rosettes. After a few rounds of selection we are offering this red heading crisphead version of the original crispleaf Batavian type. ‘Head Cardinal’ makes a full sized head, larger than ‘Crispino’, not as tight as ‘Gildenstern.’ Very similar to ‘Red Iceberg’, which makes me wonder how closely related this is to ‘Cardinale.’

OSSI Partner Availability

  • Wild Garden Seed
Head Cardinal lettuce, an OSSI pledged variety