White Cabbage Collard


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Plants have light green petioles and dark green leaves with slight to moderate leaf blistering. Variability seen in degree of leaf bloom, purple pigmentation and leaf texture, glossy to blistered. All leaves are ovate in shape and have a wavy margin and slightly lobed outline. Plants measure 15-20 tall and 20-38 in diameter. Plants have above average heading capabilities. Variety is fairly tough and has average eating qualities. An heirloom collard from Marvin Foster of Fairmont, North Carolina. His grandfather, James Henry Worrell, saved this seed for 60 years in the Rocky Point section of Pender County, NC. Marvin noted that the collard plants will turn white during winter cold spells. In 2006, Marvin gave seeds to Dr. John Morgan, a cultural geographer and professor of geography at Emory & Henry College, who was collecting heirloom collard strains for preservation on behalf of the USDA. Seed Savers Exchange requested this variety in 2016 from the USDA collection (G 32777). SSE Accession # 133023 USDA, 2016