Cauliflower 'Romanesco'

Brassica oleracea var. botrytis ‘Romanesco’


  • Botanical name: Brassica oleracea var. botrytis 'Romanesco'
  • Common name: Romaneso
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Cauliflowers are tasty and nutritious vegetables that can survive temperatures down to -10°C. Choose the right varieties and time your seed sowing well, and you could harvest crops right through the year. The leaves are also edible. Once the central head has been cut, smaller heads will be produced.


Cauliflower ‘Romanesco’ is an unusual cultivar – the heads display a distinctive, fractal growth pattern that endlessly repeats itself. The flavour is similar to that of cauliflower, but is milder, nuttier and has a crunchier texture. Like other brassicas, Cauliflower ‘Romanesco’ thrives in a fairly heavy, alkaline soil – if your soil is acidic, add lime. Grow in a sheltered spot in firm, rich, well-drained soil in full sun.


Plant deeply, 60cm apart, and protect from birds and insects. Water well after planting.

How to grow Brassica 'Romanesco'

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Brassica 'Romanesco' and wildlife

Brassica 'Romanesco' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Brassica 'Romanesco' poisonous?

Brassica 'Romanesco' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Brassica 'Romanesco'