Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'

Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'

Kale

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'
  • Common name: Kale
  • Plant type: Vegetable
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Foliage colour:
  • Green

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Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'

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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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