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.
In cool months it can grow anywhere. In the hot months, I plant it (or transplant volunteers) in partial shade, for instance the dappled shade under a tree. If grown in sun in the heat, it tends to be coarser-textured and develop a slight bitterness.
‘That lettuce’ Frisee Cichorium endivia
Seed source: Los Angeles
So Calif season: plant in cool, will grow into warm
Plant .25” deep
Use a 8” planting triangle for biodynamic spacing
Containers: 3 plants per 24” or 5 gallon
Plant family: Compositae
Guild for Vegetable Crop Rotation Wheel: Roots & Greens. Okay in Broccoli guild, Tomato guild
This strain is fully acclimated to Los Angeles growing conditions, having been grown here for successive plant generations for about 10 years.