Varieties of ornamental flowering cabbage include Osaka Red, which has unruffled rose-colored leaves, and Red Bor, a tall version that features ruffled dark purple leaves. Peacock White is a flowering cabbage with green and white feather-like leaves in a rosette up to 24 inches wide.
Flowering cabbage is not grown for its inconspicuous flower, but for its use as an ornamental plant. The term "flowering" refers to its fancy leaves that bear a resemblance to a rosette of flower petals. Flowering cabbage and kale are hybridized ornamental versions of their edible counterparts, smaller varieties with brightly colored leaves. In cooler weather, their rosy-pink, purple and white colors intensify, making them excellent as fall and early-winter plantings. In warmer climates, ornamental cabbage and kale retain their leaf color until spring.
Nagoya Red is a variety with bright pinkish-purple centers on dark purple plants of ruffled foliage. Nagoya White features a tight ball of heavily ruffled green and white foliage. Osaka White looks like a large flower with its flat open foliage of green centered with a creamy white rosette.