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LACTUCA sativa 'Rhapsody'

Image of Lactuca sativa 'Rhapsody'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

LACTUCA sativa 'Rhapsody'

Plant Common Name

Butterhead Lettuce, Rhapsody Butterhead Lettuce

General Description

Developed primarily for commercial growers, this butterhead lettuce has slightly puckered, rich-green leaves. It is resistant to tipburn, downy mildew, and lettuce mosaic virus. Plants grow from seed to harvest in about 60 days. Successive plantings every two weeks will yield a continual harvest as long as temperatures remain moderate.

Butterhead lettuce is a cold-hardy annual garden vegetable grown for its crisp, tasty, buttery-textured foliage. Plants have a collar of large, spreading leaves surrounding a relatively dense central head of smaller, cupped leaves. 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

    5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    5"-10" / 12.7cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Northern Europe, 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

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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