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Lettuce: Cos/Romaine

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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 Better Devil (Lettuce)  Better Devil Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A medium red, moderate sized butter-cos derived from 'Devils Tongue.' More compact and uniform than 'Devils Tongue,' especially good for early spring planting. Black seeded. pricing and more info...
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 Big Island (Lettuce)  Big Island Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! From our Island Gems project, this early release is a full size green heading lettuce with a slight pink blush around its crown at maturity. A bit volcanic. Makes tight creamy hearts of blanched oval leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Blondie (Lettuce)  Blondie Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! Blonde-green heads of loosely packed savoyed leaves. From Manoa x Leopard, but spotless and open headed. A contrarian in her clan. pricing and more info...
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 Bloodstone (Lettuce)  Bloodstone Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! 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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 Crisp Mint (Lettuce)  Crisp Mint 
Another Botany Class Favorite for sweetness, and for yield in cold weather and short days of autumn. Makes heavy heads with real romaine backbone, flavor, and juice. Mint green wrapper leaves surround crystal white hearts of savoy-puckered leaves. Has a more closed and rounded top at full maturity than Plato II. Looks like the top of a 10-gallon hat. pricing and more info...
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 Dark Green Romaine (Lettuce)  Dark Green Romaine 
A classic heirloom within its type, and another piece of the Abundant Life Seed collection. Head closed at the top, blanching the heart, but not twisted as in Brown Golding. The darker green leaves seem to go with its especially sweet flavor. One of the best performers in the ‘04 disease trial of romaines. pricing and more info...
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 Devils Tongue (Lettuce)  Devils Tongue Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged 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 gr... pricing and more info...
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 Double Density (Lettuce)  Double Density Farm Original Variety!
Twice as dense as a 'Winter Density', with twice the coloration, twice the downy mildew resistance, and twice the taste. Dappled red on green leaves are upright like a dense romaine, with out-turned extra wavy margins. Heat tolerant and very bolt resistant. pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Dapple Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Dapple Density Farm Original 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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 Dubya Green Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Green Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
The entire Dubya clan is as clean and disease resistant as it is tiny and dense. All of these very mini-romaines ranked as the most downy mildew resistant strains in the entire field last year. This appears to be horizontal resistance of the highest order, on par with Merlot, one of the clan ancestors. pricing and more info...
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 Dubya Red Density (Lettuce)  Dubya Red Density Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Just like the dappled 'Dubya', but with a really red shiny overcoat for a smart look. Small even for a mini-head, red to the heart, with a glassy gloss so sharp it could cut itself. pricing and more info...
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 Fascix Romaine (Lettuce)  Fascix Romaine Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW IN 2011! Romaine writ big and wide, and in color. A very interesting product of multiple cos crosses, dark green with a flashy red splash, a bronze overlay, and golden double wide hearts. Fascix develops a broadened ribbonlike growing point at maturity, creating broad hearts with a multiplicity of smaller-sized blanched leaves. Mildew resistance to the max. 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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 Glossy Bronze Cos (Lettuce)  Glossy Bronze Cos Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
This is from an experiment in flavor alone. We crossed our two best tasting compact cos types, Brown Goldring and Blush Butter Cos, to create this brassy bullet-headed barrel of crunch. Larger than Goldring, taller and denser than BBC, darker green, with a very shiny polish to the tight wrapper leaves. pricing and more info...
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 Green Lotus (Lettuce)  Green Lotus Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
Another new form from the fountain of Merlox variations. ‘Green Lotus’ is a dark glossed green minihead, compactly formed from dense layers of short broadly cupped leaves, the largest being the size and shape of a cupped hand. The texture reveals the blending of romaine and crisphead parentage, with the disease package of ... pricing and more info...
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Green Romaine Density Mix 
This is a great salad mix base of romaine leaves in a variety of lengths and widths, economically priced, with the small leaf productivity of Winter Density and true cos taste of Dark Green Romaine. Also makes a delicious mix of romaine head shapes and sizes to shake up CSA boxes and market displays. pricing and more info...
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 Hearts Aflame (Lettuce)  Hearts Aflame Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! 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
NEW FOR 2018! 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
NEW FOR 2018! 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
NEW FOR 2018! 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
NEW FOR 2017! 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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 Leopard (Lettuce)  Leopard Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
A smaller framed midi-sized romaine with extra fancy crisping of the leaf margins, extra fancy dappling of glossy dark green leaves by dark red splashes, and a vary high rating for downy mildew resistance. pricing and more info...
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 Lepo Gem (Lettuce)  Lepo Gem Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2018! 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 
NEW FOR 2018! 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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 Manoa Leopard (Lettuce)  Manoa Leopard Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety
NEW FOR 2017! 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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 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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 Olga (Lettuce)  Olga 
She’s a big blonde-green beauty with broadly rumpled leaves holding a big blanched heart. Kind of soft for a romaine, there is clearly a little butter in her background. 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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