Sea Kale 'Lily White'
(crambe maritima) Perennial in USDA zones 4-8, harvest in the second year. Sure to be the next biggest craze in northern permaculture, this edible perennial is as tender and gourmet as it is rugged and reliable. Sea Kale, aka scurvy grass, is a native to the European coastline. For hundreds if not thousands of years, peoples from the north Atlantic to the Black Sea have scoured the coastline to forage it as an edible delicacy similar to asparagus. The edible possibilities transcend harvesting for shoots; you can also eat the leaves as a tasty kale green. The Royal Horticultural Society has also awarded this gorgeous perennial with a Garden of Merit award. Thanks to its incredible ornamental beauty, the white blooms are stunning and attractive to pollinators. Plants reach 2.5-3 feet in height and 2.5 feet in width.