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.
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.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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