Ornamental Cabbage – Brassica oleracea var. acephala

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Ornamental Cabbage – Brassica oleracea var. acephala

Common Name: Cabbage, Kale, Ornamental Cabbage, Ornamental Kale

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

Decorative Life: 5 days.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae (mustard family).
  • Native to Europe.
  • Related species include cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and broccoli.
  • Ruffled leaves occur in a rosette on a thick stem.
  • Stems 6-8 inches long.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Odor of plant parts may be offensive.
Storage Specifics:


  • The variety name “acephala” means headless. The specific epithet name “oleracea” generally means of the garden.
  • Cruciferae means cross, referring to the flower petals positioned as a cross. In obvious reference to Jesus and the crucifix.
  • Color of leaves can vary from shades of green to cream or purple.