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PlantFiles: Siberian Kale
Brassica napus var. pabularia 'Red Russian'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: napus var. pabularia
Cultivar: Red Russian
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ragged Jack)

Synonym:Brassica oleracea

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

17 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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10 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DreamOfSpring On Sep 27, 2014, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

For this extraordinary plant, I wish there were a higher category than 'Positive'. I have about 6 plants of this growing in a 2ft D pot where it has been growing beautifully since I planted it some 10mo ago! I have eaten tons of it and have lots in the freezer, and it is still growing.

I planted this as part of a packet of seeds labeled Mesclun salad blend. A more detailed list of the seed contents showed that it included Red Russian Kale. As I live in an area where winters are usually quite mild, I planted the seeds in a 2ftD pot in Dec for early spring salad greens. In late spring when the temperature started to climb, the rest of the plants in the salad blend quickly went to seeds leaving behind only the Red Russian Kale, about 6 small plants which grew quite large by early summer.

This AMAZING kale has continued to grow beautiful, healthy leaves all through our very hot, humid summer (temps in the low triple digits), something I have never seen any other 'greens' do - and all w/o going to seed. It is now October. The kale has been growing strong for 10mo and is still going.

In spring when the plants were still very young and immature, I ate the tiny leaves in salad. Later as the plant and its leaves grew much larger, I started to cook it. I harvested leaves from the bottom of the plants. When the bare stems were about 3ft high (leaves at the top), I chopped them down, and the plants quickly sprouted new leaves/branches from lower on the stems. Now they are nearly that high again.

In 2mo these kale plants will have been growing and producing for a full year! Oh, and it's also delicious, I think maybe even better than the regular kale. I will definitely plant this kale again - if the current plants ever die, that is.

Positive iowhen On Jul 1, 2013, iowhen from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

It will overwinter here in a sheltered bed. It's the most tender of the kales, and keeps its flavor. My fave!

Positive LilyToes On Apr 19, 2013, LilyToes from Ouray, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:

Not only do I love the flavor of this plant, but I have an interesting thing to report: I left a few Red Russian Kale STALKS in the garden last summer. This summer - it's actually... putting out new leaves. Amazing! Talk about a plant that's cold hardy. It went through a long snow covered winter in the rockies - and I actually just harvested a bunch of leaves for lunch the other week. HA! =)

Positive IllinoisChemist On Apr 13, 2013, IllinoisChemist from Normal, IL wrote:

Have grown this one for 3 years now. Has always produced large plants that tolerate the heat well. Harvesting the outer leaves, we have been able to harvest from a plant until into the early winter in central Illinois.

Positive RiverNymph On Dec 16, 2012, RiverNymph from the Mountains, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:

Odd. I purchased this species of Kale from Sustainable Seed Co, however, mine turned out quite a bit different from the photos. I'll add a picture. Wonderful plant. Leaves were longer than my arms (I have long arms). Delicious in stews/soups/saute's. Highly recommend.

Positive jimhazel On Sep 7, 2011, jimhazel from Bremerton, WA wrote:

Puget Sound area, so relatively mild conditions but we over-wintered this plant. It was very productive and a delicious addition to the garden. When it went to seed, we added the blossoms to the salad and enjoyed that also. It produced a lot of seed (which got into our compost!) and so I expect seed saving strategies would be successful. Delicious (we do cut out the heavier stems) as a salad and I presume also cooked. I strongly recommend this plant.

Positive Sherilou On Jul 26, 2010, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Red Russian Kale is mild, tender, yet flavorful and easy to grow. Relatively pest free compared to the other greens in my garden. I'm growing some in full sun and some in part-shade. Both locations are doing well.

Positive carminator1 On Dec 7, 2009, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great kale to grow. I love to use it in salads, but you can cook it as well. Very versatile plant and winter hardy.

Positive jujubetexas On Apr 2, 2009, jujubetexas from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted this kale in San Marcos, TX during the fall and accidentally dropped some of the seeds outside the garden. The plants outside garden grew larger and faster than the ones in the garden. We have a blackland clay here and it seemed to love it. I threw some more seeds on the ground this spring and sure enough, they are taking off much faster than the ones I just planted. They are good if cooked in olive oil with a bit of soy sauce. Fast growing. I havent tested them in the Texas summer heat yet.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 1, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Hardy to -10 degrees. Also known as 'Ragged Jack'.

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 21, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

The leaves of Russian Red are a blue green with reddish veining. The deeply lobed and ruffled leaves are extremely tender to eat. This is an heirloom variety and gets its name from the belief that Russian traders brought it to America. Harvest: 50 days.


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

Mobile, Alabama (2 reports)
Tallassee, Alabama
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Montrose, Colorado
Panama City, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Volcano, Hawaii
Normal, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Grand Rapids, Michigan (2 reports)
Long Beach, Mississippi
Aurora, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Brooklyn, New York
Haines Falls, New York
Charleston, South Carolina
Brazoria, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Suffolk, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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