Ornamental cabbage and kale look and grow very much like their close relatives of edible cabbages and kale. Although you could eat them, they have been bred for looks, not flavor. Although you could eat them, they have been bred for looks, not flavor.
It's easy to overlook ornamental cabbages at the garden center during the fall when mums are blazing, or during the spring when pansies are popping.Young ornamental cabbages don't look all that different from the vegetable types we're always told to eat more of for our health.
Ornamental kale and cabbage are some of the most popular (behind the pansy) winter annual plants. They lend a completely different texture to a winter landscape bed.The scientific name is Brassica oleracea. The following plant description was written by Jimmy Turner – Director of Research, Dallas Arboretum
Ornamental cabbages and kales do not tolerate summer heat, so you need to start plants from seed in mid-summer, or purchase transplants at your local garden center. Sow seeds about six to 10 weeks before the expected date of the first frost in your area.
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The Cabbages and Kales grouped together work very well in the landscape, and can be mixed or used separately for an equally beautiful effect. Both Ornamental Cabbages and Kales can be started from seed. Sow the seeds in late summer, trying to time transplanting to a few weeks before the first hard frost.
Ornamental cabbage and kale are in the same species, Brassica oleracea, as edible cabbages and kale. They are the result of hybridizing and, although they are still edible, they aren’t as tasty and tender as their cousins. Although sometimes referred to as flowering cabbages, it’s the leaves ...
The Garden Helper is a free gardening encyclopedia and guides to growing and caring for gardens, plants and flowers. Helping gardeners grow their dreams since 1997. ... Ornamental Cabbage and kale should be planted in a sunny location in a moderately moist, rich soil.
It’s hard to beat flowering cabbage and kale for outright drama in the fall garden. Sometimes called “ornamental” cabbage and kale, these bold rosettes nearly steal the autumn show from brightly colored chrysanthemums and pansies.
Transform your cool-season garden by adding the stunning colors of flowering cabbage. Imagine bold shades of white and purple during the garden’s quiet seasons of fall and early winter — beautiful! In milder zones, plants can look good all winter long. This is an ornamental plant; although the ...