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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Lettuce is a cool season leafy vegetable that is most frequently used in salads. Its leaves come in a variety of colors, from green to red to splotchy.

    Latin Name

    Lactuca sativa


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals
    Vegetables

    Seasons

    Spring
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Colors


    Native Range

    Mediterranean to Siberia


    History

    In April of 1786, Peter Crouwells and Co. of Philadelphia advertised in the Virginia Journal several different varieties of lettuce seed for sale.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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