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Crambe maritima

Sea kale

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  • Crambe maritima | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Crambe maritima | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.4m to 0.8m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourCream-white
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Crambe maritima (Sea kale). A spreading robust small perennial which forms a silvery green mound of cabbage-like, toothed and lobed leaves with curled and crisped margins. In late spring and summer it produces dense, spikes of honey-scented creamy white flowers to 75 cm tall. The young leafy shoots are cooked like asparagus, and often blanched to lessen the bitterness.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

Coastal Areas of N & W. Europe

Interest and use

Culinary, borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Propagation

Division in spring or by seed in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and late frosts.

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