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Flowering kale (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)
Flowering kale (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-24, H1, H2
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Cabbage and Kale, Flowering


Annuals

Flowering cabbage and flowering kale are grown for their leaf rosettes, which look like giant, deep blue-green peonies marbled and edged with white, cream, rose, or purple. Kale’s head is slightly looser and its leaf edges are more heavily fringed than cabbage. Both are spectacular in the cool-season garden, and go well with pansies and violas.

Care is same as for cabbage. Plant 15–18 in. apart in beds, singly in 8-in. pots, or several in a large container. Colors are strongest after first frosts. A single rosette cut and placed on a spike holder in a decorative bowl makes a striking harvest arrangement. Foliage is edible, and quite striking as a salad garnish.

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