Common Name:  Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce

Scientific Name: Lactuca sativa
Plant Type: Vegetable  Lettuce  lettuce packages

Soil type:  loamy, sandy

Height: to 14”

Requires: Sun


Black Seeded Simpson lettuce is one of the most popular loose leaf lettuces in home gardens.  Black Seeded Simpson lettuce grows well in cooler weather, with adequate watering.  It grows well in spring and early summer for harvesting.  It is a very fast growing lettuce and has a sweet taste. It is an annual plant and the lettuce is easily cultivated.  It can grow in low temperatures to prevent it from flowering quickly.  Seeds for the Simpson lettuce look like black sesame seeds, hence the name Black Seeded Simpson lettuce.  It can withstand warmer weather so it is a great all around plant for most zones, but it has also been known to grow well in rainy, cooler weather.


Lettuce is most often used for salads, although it is also seen in other kinds of food, such as soups, and many sandwiches.  Lettuce has vitamin K and vitamin A, and is a moderate source of iron.  Although there are not too many different uses for lettuce there are a number of different dressings that you could use that include many herds like basil, oregano, thyme and others.


  • Black Seeded Simpson lettuce is best eaten as soon as possible. It may keep up to a week or so in a plastic bag in the fridge.