When it rains in L.A., ‘that lettuce’ comes up all over my yard. My sister is probably the one who named it, years ago, asking me whether I had any seedlings of ‘that lettuce’ to share.
A mild-flavored green, pretty and frilly, it’s a mainstay of our homegrown salads. Meanwhile, it’s a dynamite grower, puts up with rugged conditions, and sprouts nearly every month of the year if given a hint of moisture.
‘That lettuce’ is a long-lived annual or a biennial, and it is slow to bolt. It’s technically a chicory, so when it does eventually flower, it sends up a stalk of pretty blue cornflower-looking blossoms that attract pollinating insects.