Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Brassica oleracea var. italica ‘Early Purple Sprouting’

Purple sprouting broccoli

  • Botanical name: Brassica oleracea var. italica 'Early Purple Sprouting'
  • Common name: Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Purple-sprouting broccoli is a tasty and nutritious vegetable that can survive temperatures down to -12°C. Choose the right varieties and time your seed sowing well, and you could harvest crops from autumn right through to early summer. The leaves are also edible.


Like other brassicas, purple-sprouting broccoli 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. Read more about growing purple sprouting broccoli.

How to grow Brassica 'Early Purple Sprouting'

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

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

Brassica 'Early Purple Sprouting' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Brassica 'Early Purple Sprouting' poisonous?

Brassica 'Early Purple Sprouting' 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 'Early Purple Sprouting'