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Brassica oleracea (Ornamental cabbage, Ornamental kale)

Brassica oleracea Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea BRASS-ih-kah oh-ler-AY-see-ah Common Name: Ornamental cabbage, Ornamental kale Genus: Brassica
Rosettes of cabbage foliage are grown as annuals for fall and winter interest. Color intensifies in cooler temperatures (below 50°F). Good for bedding and containers.
Noteworthy characteristics: Colorful foliage. Hardy, late season interest.
Care: Fertile soil in full sun.
Propagation: Sow seed in the garden in spring or in a cold frame in early spring.
Problems: Leaf miners, caterpillars, aphids, harlequin bugs, root maggots, nematodes, cabbage white butterfly, flea beetles. Black leg, white rust, black leaf spot, powdery and downy mildews, damping off, white mold, club root, and root knot nematodes. Cool weather eliminates most of these problems.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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