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Brassica oleracea 'Flowering Cabbage'
Brassica oleracea 'Flowering Cabbage'

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Zone
Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Brassica oleracea Acephala Group

Flowering Cabbage, Flowering Kale
Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)
Annuals

Flowering cabbage and flowering kale grow 2 to 3 ft. tall, have big edible leaves in white, purple, rose, green, often with fringed edges. These are big, showy, cool-season annuals with lots of visual impact in the garden.

Grown for their ability to ornament the winter garden, these plants seem to tolerate frost in relation to the shapes of the leaves. Broad leaves with a lot of surface area suffer most in frost, while feathery ones, which don't hold much water when it freezes after a rain, stand up best. Darker-leafed varieties also stand up better across the board than lighter-leafed varieties. Whites do worst in frost. Broad-leaved varieties also wilt fastest in heat.

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