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Collard, Ellen Felton Dark (organic)

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** SEED PREORDER EVENT - Seeds ordered by February 21st will be available for pickup beginning March 5th. Please do not order if you need your seeds earlier! **

A favorite of Seed Savers Exchange staff! This heirloom collard dates to at least 1935 and produces green, elliptical, tender leaves with a sweet, slightly fruity taste. The plants measure 15-22" tall by 22-35" wide and fare well in low temperatures. It was originally grown by Ellen Felton of Beaufort County, North Carolina, and acquired by SSE from the USDA in 2016. 60-80 days.
This heirloom collard dates back to at least 1935 in Beaufort County, North Carolina where it was grown by Ellen Felton. Ellen’s son, Harrell, continued to grow and save seed of this variety every year. In 2003, Harrell shared seeds of his mother’s variety with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recognizing that this seed-saving tradition was in decline, the USDA embarked on a collard seed search in the Carolinas. Researchers drove many hundreds of miles and met several dozen home gardeners, like Harrell, who shared treasured, family heirloom varieties.
Seed Savers Exchange is honored to bring this variety out of our bank and into the hands of gardeners.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Due to supply chain issues and high demand, some seed varieties may not be available. If an item in your order is unavailable, we will substitute a similar variety. If you do NOT want substitutions, enter “No Substitutions” in the comment box during checkout and we will refund you for the unavailable item(s).

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