Brussels Sprouts – Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera

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Brussels Sprouts – Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera

Common Name: Brussels Sprouts

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera, BRAS-si-ca o-ler-ACE-ee-a

Decorative Life: 5-7 days.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae (mustard family).
  • Native to Europe.
  • Related species include cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, broccoli.
  • Globular buds, 1 inch in diameter, composed of compacted leaves, are crowded along thick stems.
  • Stems 24-36 inches long.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Odor of plant parts may be unpleasant.
Storage Specifics:


  • The specific epithet name “oleracea” generally means of the garden whereas the variety name “gemmifera” means bud-bearing, in reference to the location of the sprouts.
  • Cruciferae means cross, referring to the flower petals positioned as a cross. In obvious reference to Jesus and the crucifix.