Large rosettes of dark-green oak leaf shaped leaves, never bitter when hot, long standing. Sow anytime except summer. 50 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. 600-1000 seeds per gram