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Cauliflower
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis 'Violet Queen'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. botrytis
Cultivar: Violet Queen

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

South Padre Island, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Mar 20, 2011, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

The heads on this variety look and taste more like broccoli instead of cauliflower. The plants are very large.

Neutral

On Nov 26, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

The seeds I received from Thompson and Morgan were either broccoli seeds or contaminated with broccoli seeds, so if you get your seed from them be aware. I only grew 2 plants from the pack this year and both were broccoli. Hope to try this cauliflower soon.

Neutral

On Nov 6, 2002, Baa wrote:

A hybrid cultivar cauliflower with purple curds that turn lime to pale green during cooking.

It's a summer to autumn cropping variety and can be early maturing.

Harvest when the curds are about 6 inches across.