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Brassica oleracea vr tronchuda, Perennial Portuguese Kale (Brassica Pekinens), (1852 - Sutton's catalogue) RARE cabbage relative with a stout 2 ft tall stem & broad, wavy, blueish leaves along stem-like Kales, but its loose-leaf leaves are more in style & colour with outer leaves of a flathead Cabbage & fleshier yet with a thick blade & heavy veins or crunchy leaf stalks tender enough to be easily edible - like Cabbage. Its sweet flavour falls between Russian Kale & Cabbage, with some of the body of kale & less mustard or sulphur often found in Cabbage. (Short-lived perennial - 2 to 3 yrs), Will continuously grow as long as side shoots are picked & NOT cut the top of the main Stalk! (Brassica oleracea var tronchuda), Seed Count Approx - 60 to 75 avg
SOWING - Start indoors early spring, set out seedlings 18 in apart mid to late spring, in full sun or light shade. Plants don’t need any special care; treat as kale or heading type cabbage. Handsome enough to serve as a foliage accent in ornamental beds, Perennial, Will continuously grow as long as side shoots are picked & NOT cut the top of the main Stalk!