Large flat leaves, green to bronze and deep-red. European heirloom from 1800's, quick growing, heat resistance if well watered and cold tolerant. 55-65 days.
One of oldest, most popular salad vegetables, spread from India in ancient times and enjoying a resurgence. Varieties available for all seasons. Mostly dislikes very hot conditions and will tolerate some shade. Rich well drained soil. Best on near neutral soils.