Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Brassica oleracea (BRAS-si-ca o-ler-ACE-ee-a)
leaves are bluish-green, inside can be shades of crimson, rose, magenta and white
Form and Size:
Cabbage and kale has ruffled leaves in the shape of a rosette on a thick stem. The stem is usually about 6 – 8 inches long.
up to 5 days
summer – autumn
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Cruciferae (mustard) family, cabbage and kale originated in Europe.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of cabbage and kale include cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi and broccoli. When wintertime approaches, cabbage and kale turn vibrant colors like magenta, violet, crimson and even white, which is unlike most plants and flowers that become vibrant in spring. Cabbage and kale also is known for its pungent and at times offensive odor.