Crispy, crunchy dark green leaves with magenta red tips makes this beautiful and yummy to grow. You can direct sow lettuce seeds in April and early May- it likes to grow when the weather is cool. In the heat of the summer, it bolts to seed. You can then plant it again in late summer for a fall crop. I ALWAYS plants lettuce seed AND plants (started ahead of time) at the same time to double the harvest in a small space. Lettuce plant lettuce! Lots of it, all different kinds!!!