'Glessner', also known as 'Glessner Pennsylvania Seed Leaf' and sometimes sold by vendors incorrectly spelled as "Glessnor," its plants are attractive and produce large leaves with a fine, soft texture remaining elasticity after
curing making it useful for cigar wrappers. It was also grown for use as cigar filler and binder as well.
'Glessner' is a very old variety, pre-dating the 1880s, and originating in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was, ". . . held in very high repute and is probably more grown throughout the section than any other." Offered by
Henry A. Dreer and Company of Philadelphia, they described it in 1883 as follows"
"The most noted selection grown in Lancaster county. It has a larger and finer leaf than the Connecticut, of a chestnut brown color, also producing a greater crop of handsome foliage."
Historically grown in the tobacco producing regions of grown in Pennsylvania New York and Wisconsin.
My seed originated from USDA accession number PI 552642
1) The Culture of Tobacco," George M. Odlum, Department of Agriculture, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, 1905
2) "Tobacco Growing in Pennsylvania: II," The Cultivator & Country Gentleman, April 13, 1882
3) "Tobacco Leaf", 1897, by J. B. Killebrew, A. M., PH.D. and Herbert Myrick, B.S.
4) "Dreer's Garden Calendar for 1883," Henry A. Dreer Seed Company, Philladelphia, Pennsylvania.