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Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'


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Plant type

Hardy annual





Skill level


Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'

Plant details

Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero' is an Italian kale with dark green puckered leaves. It's ornamental enough to grow in the border where it will add winter interest – its leaves look fantastic when covered with a dusting of frost. It also doubles as a cut-and-come again vegetable, suitable for stir fries and salads.

Sow Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero' in modules, and transplant 6-8 weeks later, planting them firmly together in moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Weed and water well until well established. Remove all flower shoots to prevent the plants from setting seed and deteriorating.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Species: oleracea

Cultivar: Cavolo Nero

Plant type: Hardy annual

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: May to May

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