Greater sea kale

Crambe cordifolia

Greater sea kale - Crambe cordifolia

Common Name: Greater sea kale
Genus: Crambe
Species: cordifolia

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.50 m (250 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Billowing clouds of tiny white flowers float above huge rosettes of deeply cut dark green leaves in June and July. A favourite plant of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll this perennial looks magnificent at the back of a sunny border or as part of a cottage garden scheme. The tiny flowers attractive to bees are a perfect foil for large-flowered plants. The leaves smell strongly of cabbage and the plant needs space to spread out.

  • Garden care: Cut back the plant to ground level in autumn and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant in spring.



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