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LACTUCA sativa 'Reine Des Glaces'

Image of Lactuca sativa 'Reine Des Glaces'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

LACTUCA sativa 'Reine Des Glaces'

Plant Common Name

Batavia, Crisphead Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce, Queen of the Ice Lettuce, Reine Des Glaces Lettuce

General Description

A French heirloom variety of crisphead or iceberg lettuce, 'Reine des Glaces' develops a dense head of jagged, rich-green leaves that hold their crispness and flavor in hot weather. The plants are also relatively bolt-resistant.

This variety grows from seed to maturity in about 65 days. Leaves of immature plants can be used for "baby greens." Successive plantings every two weeks will yield a continual harvest as long as moderate weather prevails.

Crisphead/iceberg lettuce is an annual garden green grown for its rosettes of crunchy, flavorful leaves. The dense central head of cupped, thick-textured leaves is surrounded by a collar of large, lax leaves. Use the "head" for salads, or the outer leaves to zest up sandwiches. In hot weather, the whole leafy clump elongates and becomes bitter-flavored. When fully elongated it "bolts," producing tall branched stems covered with pale yellow flowers followed by fluffy white seedheads. Once plants begin to bolt, pull them or allow them to set seed for collection.

In temperate zones lettuce is favored as a spring and fall crop; in frost-free winter zones it is grown in winter. Full sun, rich well-drained soil, and regular water are needed for good production and performance.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Northern Europe, Northern Africa, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes