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Kale, Collard, Cole 'Georgia'

Brassica oleracea var. acephala

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. acephala
Cultivar: Georgia
Additional cultivar information:(aka Southern)



Foliage Color:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

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


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

Tallassee, Alabama

Little Rock, Arkansas

Hesperia, California

Lake Worth, Florida

Williston, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Las Vegas, Nevada

Fort Worth, Texas

Iowa Park, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 4, 2009, Gazoodles from Iowa Park, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a very hardy plant and produces well. A short row of them will supply myself and my chickens with greens for the fall, winter (unless the weather stays below freezing a long time) and spring. Keeping the aphids off of them can be a challenge because they (aphids) get on the small/new leaves in the center of the plant where it is hard to kill them.


On Nov 1, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a very popular collard in the southeast. It has large leaves which are spaced further apart than most cultivars. Traditionalists pick the lower leaves from the plant allowing the top bud to grow. At the end of winter they have a three foot stem with a little bunch of leaves on top, hence the term Walking Collard. I prefer to cut the whole plant as a bunch so I am not particularly fond of this cultivar.