Types of lettuce

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Most gardeners and farmers group lettuce into four different types.

Romaines (Cos)

Romaine (cos) is a tall lettuce with rigid leaves that are tightly packed together. The leaves are dark green, with the inner leaves having less color. Some consider romaine the most flavorful lettuce variety.

Crispheads

Crisphead lettuce is a very common variety of lettuce to find in your grocery store. Iceberg lettuce is a crisphead lettuce. The leaves are thin, light green, and densely packed together. It is best to grow this lettuce in cooler weather or start with transplants because of problems with bolting.

Butterheads

Butterhead lettuce is smaller than other lettuce varieties. The leaves are not as tightly packed in as with crisphead lettuce, and the leaves are more tender than crisphead leaves. This lettuce has a smooth, light, and some would say “buttery” flavor.

Leaf lettuce

Leaf lettuces are the most varied of the lettuce varieties. Colors can vary from red to dark green. The leaves can be curly or ruffled. This is a favorite of home gardeners as it matures quickly once planted.

Recommended Lettuce Varieties

Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite lettuce varieties. Check with your extension agent and your local nursery for lettuce varieties that will work best for your area.
Romaine (Cos)
Dark Green Cos
Green Towers
Ideal Cos
Parris Island Cos
Valmaine
Crisphead
Great Lakes
Ithaca
Onondaga
Mesa 659
Raleigh
South Bay
Butterhead
Bibb and Salad Bibb
Buttercrunch
Dark Green Boston
Ermosa
Esmerelda
Nancy
Summer Bibb
Tania
Tom
Thumb
Leaf Lettuce
Black Seeded Simpson
Grand Rapids
Lollo Rosso
New Red Fire
Green Ice
Red Sails
Oak Leaf Lettuce
Prizehead
Ruby
Sierra
Slobolt
Tierra
Salad Bowl
Waldmann’s Green
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