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Sea Kale

Crambe maritima

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Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Sea Kale in bloom

Sea Kale in bloom

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Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Sea Kale flowers

Sea Kale flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Sea Kale

Sea Kale

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Sea Cabbage, Sea Colwort

Description:

A striking plant with large blue-green leaves that are deeply lobed and crinkled; clusters of tiny white flowers above the foliage in early to mid-summer; great for a large border; not easily divided but seedlings may appear at base

Ornamental Features

Sea Kale is bathed in stunning racemes of lightly-scented white star-shaped flowers held atop the stems from early to mid summer. Its crinkled lobed leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sea Kale is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Sea Kale is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sea Kale will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America.

Sea Kale is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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