Ornamental Kale, Flowering Kale
BRASSICACEAE, The Cabbage family
These small ornamental kale just arrived at work, and they are sooo beautiful. While they will grow just as large as the standard kales and cabbages, they are young ones in 4-inch pots. ‘Snow Prince’ is a cultivar with a cream colored center with a lavender blush. A whole fresh flat of them is lovely.
Ornamental kales are the same as flowering cabbage but the leaves are lacier on the edges and form a looser head. They all grow in full sun with regular water. Their colors intensify in cool weather. Like its genus-mates collards, dinosaur kale, Tuscan kale and cabbage, they are edible. Eat raw or steamed, in soup or as a garnish.
Isn’t there one called ‘Pigeon’? Jen and Jeanine hadn’t heard of it- but they hadn’t heard of Osaka mix either, which is definitely the standby in Minnesota. We also grew Nagoya series there.
Kales and cabbages are great in flower arrangements. ‘Sunrise’ series (pink/white green, purple/green) are small-headed cabbages grown on long stems specifically for arranging.