Brassica oleracea var. acephala
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Brassica oleracea var. acephala

flowering kale

  family cruciferae 
  genus brassica 

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Genus  Brassica Species  oleracea Variety  acephala Cultivar  Common names  kale   flowering kale   collards Family  CRUCIFERAE Specimen number  S12048 Data source  UnVeg p217;UnVeg p117
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to full shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 07,23,26 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to full shade is ideal for Brassica oleracea var. acephala.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is like kale -- crisp, tender and juicy. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in Brassica oleracea var. acephala include: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and minerals. For even more, see the full list of nutritional values. Kale (sometimes called flowering kale and collards) is most often used cooked, frozen or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting   Seed   Self sows Pollination method    Planting style  Crowns and leaves Crop spacing  8" Row spacing  2' Cold frame  Planting period  Mar 01 - Mar 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  80 to 90 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Frozen   Cooked Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin B complex   Vitamin C   Minerals   Calcium   Iron Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  like kale -- crisp, tender and juicy
Horticulture notes  March is normally the best time to begin planting. Provide 8" spacing when grown in quantity. Provide 2' spacing between rows. It requires warm days for good production. Estimated time to harvest is 80 to 90 days. Brassica oleracea var. acephala can be propagated using a cutting or by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Brassica oleracea var. acephala has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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