Brassica oleracea var. Acephala

Brassica oleracea is a plant species that includes many of our familiar foods: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts, and more. It originates in Southern and Western Europe. Acephala group is the ornamental kale family, this family does not grow with a central head and that is also the meaning of the name. This group includes many varieties of kale including the ornamental kale which is used in landscaping for its color especially during a season when flowers stop. Ornamental Kale or Brassica oleracea var. Acephala will start adding color from autumn into winter.

Brassica oleracea var. Acephala
Brassica oleracea var. Acephala at Rennie Garden, near Blackfriars, London

Plant Brassica oleracea var. Acephala in the sun if it is a very hot climate then provide some afternoon shade. It is best to use well-drained soil, it also prefers cool soil. Brassica oleracea var. Acephala is an annual plant and easy to care for. It grows to about 1.5ft or 45cm.

Brassica oleracea var. Acephala
Brassica oleracea var. Acephala

Brassica oleracea var. Acephala leaves vary in color including green, white, pink red and purple. The leaves are deeply lobes and have ruffled edges. It is hardy and tolerates frost and it adds color in the winter. Kale is consumed as it is a high source of vitamins K, A, C as well as magnesium, calcium, and iron, being a leafy vegetable then it is also a source of fiber. It is usually categorized as superfood. Ornamental Kale is edible but tastes slightly different and is tougher.

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