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Vivian Lettuce (Romaine/Cos)

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics of Vivian lettuce, one of the Plant Profiles featured in our Lettuce Collection.

Vivian lettuce

Vivian lettuce

Vivian lettuce gives you the best of two worlds: a Romaine with the texture of a butterhead! These plants grow big and fast—heads grow to 16 inches long and 6 inches wide. Vivian will tolerate a light frost. You can pick the leaves as you like, or wait for the heads to mature in about 70 days.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.2 to 6.8

Hardiness Zones

  • 4 to 9


  • Thin to 12” apart
  • Plant rows 12” apart


  • Water deeply 1 inch a week; do not let soil dry out


  • Medium to dark green leaves
  • Texture of a butterhead lettuce
  • Tall heads—up to 16 inches

Have you ever grown Vivian lettuce? Please tell us about your experiences with Vivian lettuce.


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