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Lettuce: Cos/Romaine/Gem

These are typically upright growers, often folding their leaves together to form a blanched long-hearted head at maturity. Classic cos and romaine types have entire (non-lobed) leaves with a crisp texture, making them popular for salad mix and essential to Caesar salad. These lines have been blurred in varieties that come from crosses to the other types, sometimes lending interesting cos traits to butters, oaks, or crispleaf types.

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 Bloodstone (Lettuce)  Bloodstone Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A little gem type with a bloodstone pattern of dark red over dark green, short rounded wrapping leaves, compact heads with blazing colored contrast in the heart. Comes from Green Lotus x red-to-heart lines. 9" spacing. pricing and more info...
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 Blushed Butter Cos (Lettuce)  Blushed Butter Cos Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Very popular pink-blushed blend of butterhead and cos qualities. Leaves are dense, buttery, savoyed and folded, nicely proportioned to fit a salad plate, and easy to remove from the head without tearing or bruising. Highly rated for flavor by our customers and the Philomath High School Botany Class, which has conducted detailed trials on our lettuces every year since 1995. If teens like it, it’s... pricing and more info...
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 Brown Goldring (Lettuce)  Brown Goldring 
This is our least appreciated, best flavored lettuce. In replicated studies over two years that included blind taste tests by 28 teenage Botany students, 80% rated this (unfortunately named) variety as “sweet,” and less than 10% rated it bitter. None of the other of the 20 tested varieties came close to this ranking. One student suggested renaming the variety “Rocket Shine”... pricing and more info...
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 Camo Savoy Gem (Lettuce)  Camo Savoy Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a tight little jewel throwing a lot of color, red on green leaves are puckered and crisped, creating texture and a thick leaf with good flavor. Small enough with tight spacing for single serving split-head salad. pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Dapple Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Dapple Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The tightest, tiniest, most glossy, two-toned, wavy-margined mini-romaine I've ever seen. Half the size of a 'Winter Density', and maybe twice as dense--a really compact, crisp, and flashy executive lettuce with a densely blanched pinkish heart. Summer bolt resistant, and fully resistant to downy mildew. pricing and more info...
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 Fawn (Lettuce)  Fawn Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A uniformly small, dark green gem with red speckling, 6" across at maturity. pricing and more info...
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 Flashy Trout Back (Lettuce)  Flashy Trout Back Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is our own selection derived from the variable cos heirloom ‘Forellenschluse’ (Austrian for “speckled like a trout’s back,” aka ‘Freckles’ in some catalogs) and it has received rave ratings from past trial seasons. ‘Flashy Trout Back’ is uniformly and densely splattered with bright red splashes on a medium green background. Blanched hearts of mature plants look like ‘Cast... pricing and more info...
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 Hearts Aflame (Lettuce)  Hearts Aflame Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A selection from 'Manoa' crossed to my "dark red pointed" breeding stock, selected for internal redness in a flaming pattern on long blanched hearts. The leaves are tender, savoyed, and softly folded together. Beautiful hearts are where it's at. pricing and more info...
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 Irene Green Gem (Lettuce)  Irene Green Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
One of my favorite lettuce personalities of the year, Irene jumped out of a trial bed like she was ready to go, heading up faster and more uniformly than similar gem contenders. Dark green 6" rosettes quickly form tight fists of crisp white hearts, each a salad for two. From the Island Gems series (Manoa x ... pricing and more info...
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 Jadeite (Lettuce)  Jadeite Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From a cross of Winter Density with Dark Green Romaine, these were some of the tidiest, least bitten, most downy mildew free plants in the lettuce growout this year. Unique matte green color, with blanched yellow hearts, these small romaine can be spaced 9" apart. Frost hardy. pricing and more info...
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 Kilauea (Lettuce)  Kilauea Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
From the Island Gems gene pool, compact dark green with red slashes, becoming red in the center leaves as it completes heading. Glossy, dense, crisp, flavorful. pricing and more info...
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 Lava Lamp Romaine (Lettuce)  Lava Lamp Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Part of the retro romaine scene you won't want to miss...convections of red and yellow in high contrast hearts of romaine. Includes 'Crisp Mint' in the parentage, which comes through in the crunch. Best at full maturity, remains non-bitter even at onset of bolting. Probably a good "celtuce." pricing and more info...
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 Lepo Gem (Lettuce)  Lepo Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Compact, rounded, medium green leaves with spots from it Leopard forebears, this is another of the Island Gems with many Manoa qualities and a butter-romaine texture. pricing and more info...
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 Little Gem (Lettuce)  Little Gem 
A gem of a dense little green romaine, and therefore its name. One of the most pleasant and productive lettuces ever grown, selected for close spacing and intensive 6" x 6" greenhouse production in an English climate. This is the prototype for the compact “mini-head” types that have lately become so popular in the market. I think of this as a new class of lettuce in itself, and have begun to n... pricing and more info...
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 Lopez (Lettuce)  Lopez Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A true mini, 6" or less across, dark green with less red splashing inside than the other Islanders. Would make a good single serving lettuce. Somewhat buttery taste and texture. Uniform. pricing and more info...
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 Manoa Leopard (Lettuce)  Manoa Leopard Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A beautiful dark spotted heading lettuce with a strong Hawaiian influence, selected for a preponderance of short rounded leaves in a tight blanching head of medium dark green leaves, selected against tip burn and downy mildew. A rare kinda cat that's adaptable to both Oregon and Hawaii. From 'Manoa' x 'Leop... pricing and more info...
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 Manoa Ocelot (Lettuce)  Manoa Ocelot Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This could have been named “Mini Manoa Leopard,” but we’ve learned that this invites confusion. A variety with great flavor and crunch within a small frame, can easily be spaced 8” within the row, probably 6” is sufficient. Leaves are thick, savoyed, golden green spotted with red that extends into the blanched heart. pricing and more info...
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 Mayan Jaguar (Lettuce)  Mayan Jaguar Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The bigger framed cos of these two spotted cats. Dark red splashes are in high contrast over dark green ruffled leaves, wrapped into a tight upright head, with that bone crusher romaine crunch. The blushed hearts are pink as rose petals. This is a unique and beautiful romaine fountain of lettuce. pricing and more info...
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 Orcas (Lettuce)  Orcas Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A midi sized gem, about 9" across at full size. Savoyed, medium green with red spotting, short, broad leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Outredgeous (Lettuce)  Outredgeous Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This variety is so red that botany students didn’t recognize it as lettuce when they saw it in our breeding nursery back in ‘98, though a crowd did gather to discuss what it might be. A nice upright cut salad variety, forms a loose romaine head at maturity. An outrage of red in the salad bed, becoming a standard for salad growers. I guess this is our hit. In April 2014, Ou... pricing and more info...
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 Pan (Lettuce)  Pan Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2021! The deep vibrant green of this selection makes me think of the Greek ‘figure and force of nature,’ Pan himself. This comes from a cross of 2 deep red lettuces (‘Pandora’ X ‘Red To The Heart’), but shows not the slightest blush. A dense hearted midi size, about right for 9” spacing, with a texture between butter and romaine. Shows good downy mildew resistance and is slow to bolt. pricing and more info...
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 Posey (Lettuce)  Posey Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A uniformly small, dark green gem with internal red speckling more pronounced than its sister Lopez. pricing and more info...
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 Red To The Heart Romaine (Lettuce)  Red To The Heart Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
I have several lines of this phenotype, one of which will become the final selection to go with the name. For now this can be considered a type that includes solid rose-red heart leaves, or hearts that are painted in red and gold patterns. At the Portland Breeder's Variety Showcase, bowls or these were mistaken for Treviso chicory hearts. But the taste and texture is all lettuce--crisp, juicy, swe... pricing and more info...
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 Ruby Zoisite (Lettuce)  Ruby Zoisite Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A standout minihead, dark green with red patterning on the outside, jewel-like blanched reds and gold on the inside. Uniform 6" heads are all heart at maturity. pricing and more info...
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 San Juan (Lettuce)  San Juan Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is a great sandwich lettuce. The golden-green red flecked leaves are large, flat, and loosely whorled for easy picking. The size and shape fit a sandwich or bun perfectly. This is something between a leaf lettuce and a romaine. The flavor is mild and sweet. pricing and more info...
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 Shaw (Lettuce)  Shaw Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Sister variety to 'Fawn', more of a medium green, similar but worth comparing in different locations for taste and performance distinctions. Very uniform. pricing and more info...
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 Sucrine (Lettuce)  Sucrine 
The name means “sweet,” and it’s no lie. A gem of a dense little romaine—bright green, bright taste, and the perfect base green for anything else you might have on hand to create a crisp, delightful salad. A perennial favorite in taste tests and reliability. pricing and more info...
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 Zeb Romaine (Lettuce)  Zeb Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Tall bullet head romaine with well closed tops that make tight savoyed hearts. A little uptight compared to the other heads on these pages--more Mediterranean isle style than Pacific isle style, if you follow me. More Plato, less Manoa. If you speak lettuce, you know what I'm sayin. pricing and more info...
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