(48 days) This alluring wine-red European batavian disappeared from commerce for a while before Frank Morton rescued it. And a worthy rescue it was, for Cardinale is a classic both for baby leaf and full head production. Looks a little like a butterhead-romaine cross, as the open rosettes fold together like a romaine in the center at full maturity. Shiny red leaves on the outside, green in the center, crisp and juicy with some heft. Survived temperatures in the teens in Janine Welsby’s unheated Ohio greenhouse under a double layer of Covertan PRO 19 topped with old bed sheets.
Seed Source – Fedco