Ornamental cabbage and kale are very close relatives of edible cabbages and kale. sometimes referred to as flowering cabbages, its the leaves that give the plants their color and interest as ornamentals.
Description for Ornamental Cabbage, Ornamental Kale (green)
Plant height: 3 - 6 inches (7 - 16 cm)
Ornamental kale plants (Brassica oleracea) and their cousin, the ornamental cabbage, were developed for their spectacular colors and are not edible. Although they are sometimes called flowering kale, the plants rarely put out real flowers.
Common name(s): Brassica oleracea
Flower colours: -
Bloom time: Rarely flowers
Max reachable height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and care
Growing flowering kale can be done by starting seeds or with started plants purchased from the store. Because the seeds need light to germinate, they can be sprinkled directly on the surface of medium in flats or pots.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temperature: below 60 F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Ornamental Cabbage
Flowering kale care is pretty simple. Rule number 1 is not to let the plants dry out. They canâ€™t stand overly dry conditions so they need to be kept well watered.
Typical uses of Ornamental Cabbage
Special features: Mass plantings. Border fronts. Edging. Containers. In fall, mix with chrysanthemums, grasses and asters. Colorful leaves make an attractive food garnish.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.