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PlantFiles: Kale
Brassica oleracea 'Jersey Walking Stick'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea (awl-lur-RAY-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jersey Walking Stick

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jv123 On Feb 8, 2015, jv123 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This kale is pretty amazing. The seeds I germinated came up fast and never slowed down. The first year they got to about 6 or 7 feet tall. The aphids and slugs absolutely love them though. A few winters ago we had some cold snaps that got down to 10 degrees, and I lost all but a few of my monster kale. I still have one left after 3 years, and it looks more like a small tree than a kale. It literally has branches. One other thing to consider about this plant... imagine the rotting cabbage smell from a normal kale. Now multiply it by several times. When this one dies or has some leaves drop, the smell is nearly as intense and far-reaching as my carrion flowers and dragon arum.

Positive CaliGnome On May 31, 2011, CaliGnome from Sanger, CA wrote:

Grown from seed in central California - but don't even think about Roundup when you're near it, it's very sensitive - I killed off three plants with very light overspray.

Neutral WalkingStick On Jan 30, 2011, WalkingStick from Olympia, WA wrote:

I grew Jersey Kale from see seed purchased from Chiltern Seeds. I had one plant about 5 foot tall with a bunch of cabbage like leaves on top. It bloomed the following year. Strictly a novelty plant. The seed seems to remain viable for years.

Neutral texasflora_com On Jan 13, 2010, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've seen Walking Stick Kale seeds available all over the place but says that you can't grow it from seed and must use cuttings. They said the seed is either non viable or doesn't make a true walking stick kale. So I'm confused on what to believe.
Malabar spinach is another plant/subject.

Neutral Farmerdill On Feb 4, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the US, this would be called a collard. It has the large smooth leaves and grows like the Georgia collard, except that it reaches for the sky. It is harvested by removing the lower leaves.


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

Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
Sanger, California
Norfolk, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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