Brassica oleracea palmifolia
This species has been cultivated as a food crop for many hundreds of years and, in that time, several quite distinct forms have arisen. The nomenclature of these forms is confused, to say the least, and by no means universally accepted. We have followed the treatment used by GRIN, though it is very likely to be revised in the future[
Common Name: Jersey Kale
Walking sticks made from the stems of the Jersey cabbage
Photograph by: Man vyi
Jersey kale is a biennial plant derived in cultivation from the wild cabbage. It usually grows up to 3 metres tall, exceptionally to 5 metres, producing an unbranched stem topped by a rosette of leaves.
The plant is sometimes cultivated for its large, edible leaves, and also for the straight, slender stems, which are used to make walking sticks.
A cultivated form of Brassica oleracea.
Not known in the wild.
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Succeeds in full sun in a well-drained fertile preferably alkaline soil[
]. Prefers a heavy soil[
]. Succeeds in any reasonable soil. Succeeds in maritime gardens[
]. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.3 to 8.3.
Leaves - cooked. A strong cabbage flavour[
A good companion for celery and other aromatic plants since these seem to reduce insect predations[
]. Grows badly with potatoes, beet and onions[
]. Grows well with potatoes, beet and onions according to another report[
The long slender stems have been dried and used as walking sticks[
Seed - sow in a seedbed outdoors in mid spring. 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.