Adaptive Seeds


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  • Adaptive Lettuce Mix

    Adaptive Seeds Lettuce Mix (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. 28 days baby.

    This lettuce mix contains many of our best lettuce varieties that are ideal for salad cutting, with a focus on varieties that we think are tasty and colorful. Mixing loose leaf, romaine, and oak leaf types means this mix can easily be used for cut-and-come-again salads. We recommend this mix for fall and spring sowings.

  • Adaptive Summer Lettuce Mix

    Adaptive Seeds Summer Lettuce Mix (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. 28 days baby.

    Features varieties that have performed well in our hot weather lettuce trials. Includes crisphead, romaine, oak leaf, and butterhead varieties, making this mix work well for head lettuce or cut-and-come- again salad mix production. We recommend this mix for summer sowings in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Lettuce, Angustana Celtuce

    Lettuce, Angustana Celtuce (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Green Leaf Stem.

    A variety of stem lettuce also known as celtuce or asparagus lettuce. Grows a lot like a vigorous romaine & can be used the same in salads, sandwiches, tacos, etc. That is, until the cool part happens! When mature, stem lettuces elongate & form a nice crunchy stem that most gardeners associate with bolting. With a few leaves left on the top, this stem is used as a stir fry or soup vegetable, chopped & eaten fresh like celery or sometimes pickled. When properly peeled & sliced into strips it resembles water chestnut with a nice juicy crunch. Stem lettuce is found throughout Asia & is a wonderful type of vegetable we all should try, bringing diversity to our plates. Angustana is sometimes listed as the subspecies of celtuce but we use it as the variety name in this instance. Our strain was given to us by Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds in Ireland.

  • Augustus Lettuce

    Lettuce, Augustus (Organic)

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    Lactuca sativa. Green. 60 days.

    This is another lettuce rescued from the USDA GRIN genebank, a former PVP variety that was dropped when the PVP expired (or maybe when Seminis bought Petoseed, the original developer of the variety). A relatively tall romaine with smooth leaves & dense heads. Tolerant to lettuce mosaic virus & corky root rot, & resistant to downy mildew. Legend has it the Roman Emperor Augustus was gravely ill & he was put on a diet of lettuce, which he credited with saving his life. True? Maybe we’ll never know.

  • Baja Lettuce

    Lettuce, Baja (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 55 days.

    Small, dark green butterhead lettuce that is good for summer production because it is more heat resistant than most. A lot like the larger market farm standard Optima with nice thick leaves that hold up well in the market booth but with a darker green color. Another lettuce from the USDA GRIN vault. Not sure why this modern variety was not released by its developer. We are happy to release it to the public.

  • Lettuce, Bríwerí (Organic)

    Lettuce, Bríwerí (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 50 days.

    Light-green butterhead, bred for greenhouse & cold frame forcing in winter & spring. Quick to size up in cold conditions, we have frequently planted it spring & fall, outdoors under row cover with great results. Excellent variety we sourced from the German biodynamic seed company, Bingenheimer Saatgut. They recommend sowing in late November in an unheated hoophouse for April harvest. Resistant to DM races 12, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25. Bred by Richard Specht with support from Kultursaat, a German Foundation dedicated to advancing open-pollinated varieties.

  • Brown Goldring Lettuce

    Lettuce, Brown Goldring (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Bronze. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    Similar to Bunyards Matchless with more compact and open growth, slightly frilled leaf margins and dark green, crunchy leaves with bronze tips. Excellent sweet flavor. Very cold hardy, needing little protection to overwinter. Grows fairly well in the summer as well. A British heirloom originally by the name of “Goldring’s Bath Cos.” Won an award of merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1923. The Henry Doubleday Research Association found it to have three times the Vitamin C as summer lettuces. We sourced this variety from the Heritage Seed Library in England.

  • Lettuce, Brune Percherone (Organic)

    Lettuce, Brune Percherone (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red blushed Butterhead. 60 days.

    An apple green butterhead tinged with a red-pink blush. Early, big, heavy heads grow well in difficult conditions & are heat resistant. An old variety known in Europe since around 1907. Most recently preserved from extinction by the seed saving groups Kokopelli in France, & Pro Specie Rara in Switzerland. We found this variety with Pro Specie Rara during our 2007 Seed Ambassadors trip.

  • Bunyard's Matchless Lettuce

    Lettuce, Bunyards Matchless (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Bronze. 30 days baby; 60 full.

    Large, open heads are dark green with some bronze tint. Similar to George Richardson, Brown Goldring, and other Bath Cos types. Crunchy with distinctive nutty, sweet delicious flavor. This English heirloom is both cold and heat-tolerant. Scored higher overall than most other lettuces for both agronomic and eating qualities in the Heritage Seed Library’s 2008 Leafy Vegetable Project evaluation. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England.

  • Lettuce, Cerise Oak Leaf (Organic)

    Lettuce, Cerise Oak Leaf (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    An excellent red oak leaf & great for salad mix. Vigorous & slow to bolt with good sweet flavor, especially for a red lettuce. Fairly resistant to downy mildew. Dark-red pigmented anthocyanins fight the diseases of cold wet weather & provide good color contrast in mixes. Cerise means “cherry” in French. An English commercial variety that we found in Ireland with Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds.

  • Lettuce, Cindy (Organic)

    Lettuce, Cindy (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 55 days.

    Large, light-green butterhead that produces high quality heads with a delicate buttery texture & sweet nutty taste. Bred for spring or summer production with good bolt resistance. This excellent variety outperformed every other lettuce we planted in our 2009 fall trial of 20 varieties. European commercial variety dropped from the EU Common Catalog. Saved from extinction by Christina Henatsch, a biodynamic plant breeder in Germany, who gave it to us on our 2007 Seed Ambassadors trip.

  • Ear of the Devil Lettuce

    Lettuce, Ear of the Devil (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 60 full.

    In French, Les Oreilles du Diable. Massive heads with deer tongue shaped leaves. Green leaves have lots of red tones & crunchy midribs. If harvested young they resemble Red Deer Tongue but with better color. Very slow to bolt, heat tolerant & always good flavor. The largest head of lettuce we have ever seen was one of these monsters. Maintained by Abundant Life Seed Foundation before the tragic fire that burned up their collection. More recently this very old French heirloom was stewarded in southern Oregon for many years.

  • Lettuce, Flashy Butter Gem

    Lettuce, Flashy Butter Gem (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Speckled. 30 days baby; 50 full.

    What we expected was a perfect, sweet Little Gem type lettuce with cool red speckles & more buttery texture. We got all of that & more! We waited a week after Little Gem size but they didn’t bolt, just got bigger & more colorful. Versatile & can be harvested as a mini-head or full size with no sacrifice on flavor or texture. A gourmet quality lettuce for salad mix & medium-sized heads to wow friends or market customers. Excellent planted spring, summer & fall. Not the hardiest in our 2010 winter trial but it lasted fairly well into the cold rainy season. Another excellent Frank Morton original, bred right here in Oregon.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.


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  • Lettuce, Florence (Organic)

    Lettuce, Florence (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Green Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    Bright green oak leaf shaped leaves have the crisp texture of a romaine. The surprising sweet crunch made us think about dividing the oak leaf lettuce category into butter oaks & crisp oaks, but that is another conversation. The dense heads resist bolting in the field, instead they just keep getting bigger. A fabulous lettuce for full heads, cut-and-come-again style gardening or salad mixes. We are always surprised about how many great & unique lettuces there are out there; Florence is the most impressive of our USDA GRIN accessions grown in 2013.

  • Lettuce, Focus (Organic)

    Lettuce, Focus (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 55 days.

    Focus is a solid green butterhead with slightly thicker than average leaves which deliciously do not melt in your mouth like so many other butterheads, but rather have a slight crunch. Still pleasingly tender, just not overly so. Leaves are sweet, & hold up well for market. More substantial leaves also make it more heat resistant & good for summer production. Another gem of a lettuce rescued by USDA GRIN. Focus was bred in the mid-1990’s by a large seed company who applied for a PVP but dropped the application a few years later. As far as we know it never was available commercially. We sourced it from GRIN a few years back & are happy to make it available, as we think it is a good lettuce with a lot of potential.

  • fristina lettuce

    Lettuce, Fristina (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Oak Leaf. 25 days baby; 60 full.

    Fristina produces large, dense heads of deeply serrated oak leaves great for cut-and-come-again salads. This lettuce is so deeply cut it almost looks like a frisée endive. When the heads are medium sized they can be grabbed & cut about an inch above the ground, the handful of lettuce will then fall apart into a perfect bowl of salad. Crunchy sweet midribs make great salad & the heads hold up well in the summer heat. Showed good field resistance to downy mildew when the disease was attacking many other varieties on our farm.

  • Lettuce, Galisse (Organic)

    Lettuce, Galisse (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    Very reliable, compact green oak leaf, perfect for heads or salad mix. This was a commercial standard until recently. However, it was replaced by patented varieties that are almost identical. If you want to go open-source with your green oak leaf, this is for you. Not only is it just plain beautiful, it is heat tolerant, bolt resistant & it holds its excellent mild flavor for weeks past other varieties. Very resistant to most strains of downy mildew.

  • Garnet Looseleaf Lettuce

    Lettuce, Garnet Looseleaf (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    A red loose leaf type lettuce with green contrast inside the head. Does not grow oversized quickly as with some red leaf lettuces. Crunchy yet tender texture makes it better than some of the recent lettuces released by the big seed companies with their tough rubberiness. For full color development it is best grown in full sun. A commercial standard in the late 1980s, Garnet Looseleaf was bred by the Ferry-Morse Seed Company in California for year round lettuce production. Bred to be an improvement over Prizehead with a darker, more intense red color & shorter plants, it is a single plant progeny selection from the Korean variety Seoul Ruby.

  • Garnet Red Oak Lettuce

    Lettuce, Garnet Red Oak (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    A classic red oak leaf with good deep red color and a unique, slightly upturned leaf architecture. Good color in low light conditions and fairly disease resistant. Great in most weather conditions. We have had small plants of this variety survive overwinter outside with no protection. A popular Northwest variety that has been floating around here for a long time, although it is strangely difficult to find sometimes.

  • Gentilina Lettuce

    Lettuce, Gentilina (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Leaf. 30 days baby; 50 full.

    Bright green, open-headed loose leaf, great for whole heads or for baby leaf cutting. The frilly, sweet flavored heads will get big in a hurry & can be cut at any size. We were looking for a great looseleaf that had good flavor, wasn’t patented & met the conditions for us to grow on the farm. Gentilina fills that bill quite well & it also surprised us with its hot weather tolerance. A popular variety of lettuce in Italy where it originates & is used for salad mix.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.

  • george richardson lettuce

    Lettuce, George Richardson (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Bronze. 30 days baby; 65 full.

    This heritage lettuce from the United Kingdom is similar in flavor profile to other bronze romaines & is noticeably sweeter than other lettuce types out there. George Richardson has special bragging rights, though – in the 2009 evaluations done by Garden Organic / Heritage Seed Library, this family heirloom lettuce earned the title of the “best performing” heirloom. Loose heads are winter hardy & slow to bolt. Good field resistance to downy mildew. Given to the Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England. It was donated to them by the late Mr. Richardson’s wife, who said it had been in the family for at least 60 years.

  • Greek Maroulli Cos Lettuce

    Lettuce, Greek Maroulli Cos (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Romaine. 30 days baby; 60 days full.

    A solid, medium-sized, bright green romaine lettuce. Forms crunchy leaves & tall heads. Many of the heads will form multiple hearts. We thought at first that we should select away from this trait, however we found it to be a fantastic trait for Romaine heart production & easy cutting salad mix. There are new patented lettuce varieties on the market that have similar traits to this & we believe that utility patents on natural traits that have existed for centuries to be outrageously corrupt. Here you will find some of the “Prior Art” of the plant world. Originating in Greece where many cos types have come from. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England.

  • Hansen Red Batavian Lettuce

    Lettuce, Hanson Red (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green & Red Crisphead. 65 days.

    This Batavian type is one of our best lettuces for summer production. Dense heads with dark green thick leaves & red tips. Delightfully crunchy & resists tip-burn. Very slow to bolt. Not suited to winter production. This lettuce comes to us from a Seed Savers Exchange member & is different from the commercial standard of the early 1900s called Hanson, which does not have any red coloration. We don’t think iceberg lettuce is necessary when there are Batavians around.

  • Hungarian Winter Pink Lettuce

    Lettuce, Hungarian Winter Pink (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Red Butterhead. 60 days.

    Winter hardy, light-red butterhead originating in Hungary. The 12” green heads are splashed with red-pink. Very tender & delicious. Fairly quick to bolt in the heat but perfect for spring & fall rotations. When growing for market, we liked to plant a late rotation in September to produce dense, 6” mini-heads for harvest in December/ January. We then harvested whole heads & broke them up into our salad mix (we did this years before “Salanova” came out). It was a quick way to add color & bulk up salad mix in the dead of winter. Interior leaves maintain quality down to 20°F. It came to us via the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) in California.

  • Lettuce, Hyper Red Rumple Waved

    Lettuce, Hyper Red Rumple Waved (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 50 full.

    Unconventional red leaf lettuce that is very red & very rumpled. It kinda looks like Bloomsdale spinach, but deep dark red & lettucey. Great for salad mixes & as a head lettuce. Very hardy & the red color is partly responsible. The antioxidant anthocyanin causes the color & also fights the diseases of cold wet weather. Good resistance to Sclerotinia & downy mildew, two common lettuce diseases for seed growers in Oregon. Developed by Frank Morton, a great independent public domain plant breeder, of Wild Garden Seeds.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.


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  • Lettuce, Kalura

    Lettuce, Kalura (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Romaine. 30 days baby; 60 full.

    Very big, light green romaine heads. Good heat & cold tolerance with a crunchy sweet flavor. It still performs excellently & is a variety we’ve heard many farmers swear by. We swear by it too! This is our romaine of choice when growing for market, & our itinerant elk love it also. Once a popular commercial variety until it was dropped out of the catalogs.


  • Leda Lettuce

    Lettuce, Leda (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Crisphead. 60 days.

    Crisphead type that forms large, round, dense heads. Leaves are very light green with a good sweet flavor. A bit more tender than standard crispheads & definitely more tender than the icebergs. Very slow bolting. Originally from a Slovenian seed company, this lettuce comes to us by way of Tatiana’s TomatoBase, a great seed source in British Columbia that is more than just tomatoes.

  • Lettuce, Little Gem Pearl (Organic)

    Lettuce, Little Gem Pearl (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Mini Green Romaine. 50 days.

    A selection of Little Gem, this variety makes miniature heads of green romaine, & is possibly the best for sweet flavor. Because they are so compact, you can plant at twice the density of standard head lettuce, thus yielding more heads per bed foot. Also a great variety for container growing. A Royal Horticultural Society award winner, originally from England & said to be resistant to DM 1, 5 & 7.

  • Lettuce, Mikola (Organic)

    Lettuce, Mikola (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Butterhead. 50 days.

    A medium-sized, dark-red butterhead that stood out as one of our best varieties of 2010. Easy to grow & tolerant of summer heat. Great color, overall appearance & succulent texture. A reliable variety for gardens & market farms, it was a commercial standard for organic farms a decade ago but then nearly disappeared. It is sad when the big seed companies drop good varieties & we love to keep them available. Thanks again to Turtle Tree Seed for turning us on to this variety.

  • Morgana Lettuce

    Lettuce, Morgana (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    Red & green semi-oakleaf heads have some arrowhead/ canary tongue shape. The sweet juicy flavor, cold & heat tolerance, as well as the large & vigorous plants all come together to make this one a favorite. Great for salad mix & for unique full-sized heads. We sourced Morgana originally from Washington seed saver Alice Swan (WA SW A) in 2010, who got it from lettuce collector & Seed Savers Exchange Curator Mary Schultz of Monroe, Washington. This lettuce is very popular with seed savers in the Pacific Northwest but has rarely been commercially available.

  • Lettuce, Northern Queen (Organic)

    Lettuce, Northern Queen (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 50 days.

    Beautiful light-green butterhead that was a popular in the 1950s on English farms & in gardens. Quick to produce a medium-sized head. Cold & damp weather tolerant & resists bolting until the summer gets hot. Originally sold by Finney’s of Northumberland, England, before 1950. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library, England during our visit there in 2007.

  • Lettuce, Pandero

    Lettuce, Pandero (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Romaine. 30 days baby; 60 full.

    A deep red version of Winter Density. Very dense heads are slow to bolt, heat & cold tolerant. The red color darkens up early so it makes a very good salad mix variety. Can be harvested small for mini heads. Resistant to downy mildew. If you like Winter Density & you like red, you will like this. Originally from England.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.