Red Cross ButterHead Lettuce, (also called a bib lettuce) forms heads, but they are smaller than a crisphead type lettuce. The large, fancy, reddish heads make a stunning ornamental. Like all butterheads, the leaves loosely fold over one another. Because the inside leaves receive little light, the inner leaves are cream or “butter” colored, hence the name butterhead. The inside leaves are so tender that chewing them is almost optional. You have a few choices in harvesting. You are welcome to harvest the outer leaves,  immature heads or allow the plants to fully mature before harvesting.  It will take close to 70 days after sowing to harvest them mature.