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Crambe cordifolia

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Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crambe (KRAM-bee) (Info)
Species: cordifolia (kor-di-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Dark/Black

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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5 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive NorthernPooka On Aug 25, 2013, NorthernPooka from Kakabeka Falls
Canada wrote:

My daughter has been growing this successfully for years, grows wonderfully big on the east side of her house in sandy soil, low moisture (because of limited water available) Blooms wonderfully every year. Live in zone 2b Norhwestern Ontario.

Positive crabbylion On Nov 19, 2009, crabbylion from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I recently purchased one from our local nursery because we have a guinea pig we would like to feed. We've grown this back in '05 on the north side of our FL home, and surprisingly it bloomed in the limited light. Right now we have it in full sun. Our piggy should be happy. We'll have photos soon.

Positive agnesjames On Jun 30, 2009, agnesjames from Portland, OR wrote:

My plant in Portland, Oregon has become four plants (I call it the creeping crambe), with eastern exposure only. They bloom beautifully with only morning sun (maybe a bit of filtered afternoon) in acid soil. I do stake the blossom stems, mainly because we get heavy rain or hail about the time they open up. Have had no problem digging and transplanting roots. Because my plants are near a busy sidewalk, crambe blossom time has become a neighborhood event (I've even devised a crambe cocktail in her honor). The scent, however, is a bit putrid.

Positive wannadanc On Apr 28, 2008, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:

I see this is listed as to be propagated by seed, but I would like to add that it is easily propagated by root stock division. I had to remove the parent plant last fall, and I have 100% success on each of the pieces of the root stock now growing as a separate plant.

Neutral saya On Apr 18, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I 've wintersowed seeds january 2004 and planted them out that spring. End of april a stem with flowerbuds has emerged.
I hope it 'll get tall ...as I expect.

Negative pilmuir On Jul 29, 2004, pilmuir from farrellton Quebec
Canada wrote:

I cant get crambe cordifolia to bloom for me. It is planted in a zone 4b in a heavy clay, dry soil. I have replanted some of it in a lighter soil where it also grows but does not flower. it blooms at my friend's also in zone 4b.

Neutral jhyshark On Jun 30, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Zone 4b, I've had it 3 years, and it has two leaves about 4" across... I keep waiting for it to get big... that's why I bought it. Some catalogs list it only to zone 6... anyway, it's not happy in my garden.

Positive taramark On Jun 16, 2003, taramark from (Zone 4a) wrote:

It is interesting that all the literature on Crambe cordifolia list it as hardy to Zone 5, yet my Crambe has been thriving in Zone 4 for eight years.

I often wonder if the seeds germinated at home make for hardier plants.

Neutral talinum On Aug 17, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great plant for back of the border. The foliage is huge with wavy fleshy leaves about 3' long. The flowers are creamy-white and look like a gypsophila on steroids. The flower panicles are honey scented.

This large, round species is 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The large flower panicle may need to be staked. Benefits from an alkaline soil.

Native to Caucasus, Iran and Afghanistan.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Kiowa, Colorado
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Denison, Iowa
Woden, Iowa
Portland, Oregon
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Dallas, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington



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