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Kohlrabi 'Early Purple Vienna'

Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. gongylodes
Cultivar: Early Purple Vienna



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring


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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; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Madison, Alabama

Augusta, Georgia

Cumberland, Maryland

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Kyle, Texas

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 28, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Creamy/peppery taste like broccoli stems in an easy to harvest and prepare form; one of the easiest brassicas to grow. Strong performer even with significant cabbage worm damage to the leaves, which can be controlled with one or two applications of Dipel (Bacillus thuringensis v kurstaki). Kohlrabi may split if rains are heavy. Will hold in garden most of the winter for fresh harvesting as needed.


On Oct 17, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

Grows well in Los Alamos, NM where it enjoys the cool climate. It is a beautiful plant as well. My neighbors love its looks. They call it the plant that looks like little flying saucers. Very tasty as well.


On Jan 3, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This a 19th century cultivar that hasn't improved much over time. It is like a turnip that grows above ground. Taste is almost identical to the core of a cabbage. Cabbage cores were highly prized when I was a kid. This one is about a week later then White Vienna and larger , about the size of a Purple Top White Globe turnip but the flesh is harder. Here it can be grown only in the very early spring/late winter or overwintered. It does not tolerate heat. Approx 60 days from seed.