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Crambe

Giant Seakale

Coined from the Greek word for “cabbage,” this Brassica-related genus is relatively small, including about 20 annual and perennial species that bear dense racemes composed of minute flowers atop mostly leafless stems. Our European Crambe selections combine a commanding garden-worthy presence with easy-care sensibility.

Crambe cordifolia (P-0053)

Each $10.25

AVAILABLE LATE SUMMER 2022

<i>Crambe cordifolia</i> <i>Crambe cordifolia</i>

As it translates, “cabbage-style, heart-shaped foliage” is accurate but misses the big picture, and we mean big. Handsome, crisp green leaves, each measuring 12 to 14 in. long and wide, form a 2 to 3 ft. mound. A single stem, nearly 3 ft. tall, hosts a giant spray of tiny flowers, a loose haze of filigree in Paleolithic proportions. When cut, the fragrant blossom works like Baby’s Breath. Dynamic as a specimen or background plant, Crambe adds high drama, even humor, to any situation.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Crambe maritima (P-2084)

Each $10.25

AVAILABLE JULY 2022

<i>Crambe maritima</i>

Mentioned in Thomas Jefferson’s 1809 Garden Book and frequently served for dinner at Britain’s Royal Pavilion during the late 1700s, this evergreen European seaside native is both a culinary and ornamental delight. The textural powdery-blue mound of thick, waxen and ruffled leaves gives way to stout branching stems topped by ample flower heads with myriad small, creamy-white blooms. Flaunting an AGM, a wondrous long-lived persona and savory nut-flavored notes, Sea Kale counts cabbage among its kin, detests root disturbance and favors sun as well as good drainage plus a rich sandy loam. Easily grown Crambe maritima braves poor soil, dry sites and windy coastal conditions. 

Blooms June–July

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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