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PlantFiles: 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


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:
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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

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No positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Calalily 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 grrrlgeek 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 Baa 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.


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

South Padre Island, Texas

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