Japanese Flowering Kale
85 days. Japanese Flowering Kale is perhaps the most colorful edible leafy green we have ever eaten, and one of the most delicious! This delectable kale has dramatic ruffles, sublime flavor and dense nutrition. The bold fuchsia and cream-colored leaves add a depth of sweetness and refinement, making it exceptionally gourmet. The culinary possibilities for such a vibrant and delectable vegetable are boundless. Called habotan in Japan, this edible ornamental treat is a focal point for cool-weather landscaping and garden design. The plants are super frost hardy, and their color and sweetness actually intensify as the weather gets colder! It is not uncommon to see the cheerful magenta and white-splashed heads of habotan effortlessly floating above a blanket of snow in winter. Habotan symbolizes blessings, loving and prosperity, sentiments that are especially appreciated during the Japanese New Year. The colorful kale heads are a common feature in Japanese cool-season gardens to invite blessings for the coming year. The pretty, rosette-shaped plants can be found in beds and borders, and they are a popular potted plant. This is an antioxidant-rich plant that will dazzle in the garden and delight on the dinner plate.
- 6-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 6-9 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 45-85 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 14"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Brassica oleracea var. acephala
Growing Tips: Best grown in frosts of spring or fall. Direct seed or transplant 2-4 weeks in spring or 8 weeks in fall before frosts dates. Prefers rich soil.