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. Brassica is part of the Brassicaceae family of plants.
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. It includes also 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.
Grow Brassica oleracea var. Acephala in the sun. If it is a very hot climate then provide some afternoon shade. Plant it in well-drained soil, it also prefers cool soil. Brassica oleracea var. Acephala is an annual plant. It is easy to care for. It grows to about 1.5ft or 45cm.
Brassica oleracea var. Acephala leaves vary in color including green, white, pink, red, and purple. The leaves are deeply lobed and have ruffled edges. Brassica oleracea var. Acephala is hardy. It tolerates frost and it adds a lot of color in the winter.
Kale 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 a superfood. Ornamental Kale is edible but tastes slightly different and is tougher.