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Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) is often confused with:
Ajuga reptans Ajuga reptans
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Amaranthus tricolor Amaranthus tricolor
Plectranthus scutellarioides Coleus x hybridus
Catharanthus roseus Catharanthus roseus

Collards Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)

Previously known as:

  • Brassica oleracea subsp. acephala
Phonetic Spelling
BRAS-si-ka ol-er-AE-see-a a-SEH-fa-la
Description

Kale and collards (Acephala group) are cool-weather plants, often planted in fall for winter interest lasting into spring. The Capitata group of B. oleracea is ornamental cabbage and is used similarly. These plants are occasionally damaged by deer. Annual or perennial herb. 

Family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

It needs 12-18 in. of space. This plant's season is fall to spring.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves undulate to fringed, tinted white to purple
  • Large, fleshy, glaucous leaf in basal rosette

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Curled Scotch'
  • 'Kamome Red'
    Ornamental red leaves
  • 'Lacinato'
  • 'Nagoya Garnish Red'
  • 'Redbor'
Tags:
#purple#red#white#pink#sun#full sun#annual#foliage#spring#purple leaves#red leaves#pink leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#interesting leaves#interesting foliage#cpp#vegetable garden#cool temperatures#winter garden#cool weather plant#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Curled Scotch'
  • 'Kamome Red'
    Ornamental red leaves
  • 'Lacinato'
  • 'Nagoya Garnish Red'
  • 'Redbor'
Tags:
#purple#red#white#pink#sun#full sun#annual#foliage#spring#purple leaves#red leaves#pink leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#interesting leaves#interesting foliage#cpp#vegetable garden#cool temperatures#winter garden#cool weather plant#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Brassica
    Species:
    oleracea
    Family:
    Brassicaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean
    Edibility:
    Leaves are edible.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Short-beaked siliqua 5" long and round in cross-section.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Rarely flowers, a terminal raceme with 20-40 flowers. 4 petaled yellow to yellow-white, clawed with 6 stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant can be green, purplish, pink, red to white, purple, or marbled. Loose rosettes (not solid heads), lyrate or pinnately divided, with undulate and sometimes fringed margins, thick, glaucous.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Usually unbranched
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Winter Garden