Lettuce, Bronze Arrow
The widest adaptation and toughest constitution we've seen in lettuce. This leaf lettuce survives winter weather when the rest have turned to slime, and I've seen it growing in a gravel parking lot in summer heat. Under the name Bronze Arrowhead, this was an All-America winner in the 1930's for Germania Seeds. When they cut most of their vegetable offerings, it dropped out of sight except for a few seed-savers. Two decades ago, the Jeavons Center got seed, and gardener Carol Cox spent the next several years selecting for bolt-resistance, hardiness, and flavor. Her work has been continued by Ellen Bartholomew, who grew our seed at Golden Rule Garden. The picture shows the plant from the gravel parking lot. In good soil it will be lusher. In summer, refrigerate lettuce seed 1 week before planting.