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Brassica oleracea palmifolia - DC.

Common Name Jersey Kale
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A cultivated form of B. oleracea.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Brassica oleracea palmifolia Jersey Kale


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Brassica oleracea palmifolia is a BIENNIAL growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked. A strong cabbage flavour[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood.

The long slender stems have been dried and used as walking sticks[200].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in full sun in a well-drained fertile preferably alkaline soil[200]. Prefers a heavy soil[16]. Succeeds in any reasonable soil. Succeeds in maritime gardens[200]. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.3 to 8.3. Jersey kale is a very tall-growing plant, usually reaching about 1.5 metres tall though it has been seen more than 5 metres tall[200]. The large leaves can be cooked as greens whilst the straight slender stems can be dried and used as walking sticks[200]. A good companion for celery and other aromatic plants since these seem to reduce insect predations[18, 20]. Grows badly with potatoes, beet and onions[20]. Grows well with potatoes, beet and onions according to another report[201].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in a seedbed outdoors in April. Plant out in summer as space allows. Do not let the seedlings get overcrowded or they will soon become leggy and will not make such good plants. If your seedlings do get leggy, it is possible to plant them rather deeper into the soil - the buried stems will soon form roots and the plant will be better supported.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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