Transform your cool-season garden with the stunning colors of flowering kale. This plant brings bold shades of white and purple to the garden’s quiet seasons of fall and early winter. In milder zones, plants can look good all winter long. This is an ornamental plant; although the leaves can be eaten, they’re really only good for garnish or as a base for such dishes as egg salad or hors d’oeuvres.
Once night temperatures stay at or below 50 degrees, count on flowering cabbage to brighten your vegetable garden, flower bed, or container after about two to four weeks. Space plants 12 to 15 inches apart. Use tighter spacing in colder regions, because plants won’t grow as quickly. Use one plant per 8-inch pot; add more plants as needed to fill out larger pots.
- Matures: 75 to 90 days
- Plant spacing: 12 to 15 inches apart
- Plant size: 12 to 18 inches tall