Botanical Name: Brassica oleraceae 'Flowering Kale'
Common Name: Kale, Oranamental  
Plant photo of: Brassica oleraceae 'Flowering Kale'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Annual, Vegetable


Height Range

Under 1', 1-3'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Fall


Leaf Color

Dark Green, Grey Green, Light Green, Yellow Green, Grey, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: wrong photo
  • Description

  • Notes

Flowering kale and flowering cabbage are fall stables for containers. Grown for the interesting leaf forms and colors, these annuals thrive in our long, cool falls. Though the leaves are edible, they aren't as tasty as their garden kin, but they look lovely on a serving tray cradling other morsels. Typically they grow about 12 to 18 inches tall, and about as wide. The leaves of flowering cabbage tend to be more substantial and plate-like, while flowering kale foliage is more cut and feathery.
Grow in rich, well drained soil. Prefers the cooler weather of early spring or fall. Tolerates a hard frost and even some snow. Though they like a moist soil, as they are typically planted in the fall that means you probably only have to water periodically.