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PlantFiles: Cauliflower
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis 'Romanesco'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:


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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Bought directly from Sustainable Seed Company. I trust them completely - their seeds are the best. However, I grew this variety and the heads ended up looking like normal ol' broccoli, even at a mature state. I never saw any sort of design in the pattern as so famously shown. Taste was mediocre.

Neutral Farmerdill On May 18, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An unusual green cauliflower from Franchi Sementi. (Italy). Used in gourmet restaurants. Florrets form a peaked head which has been compared to grouping of Siamese dancers.


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

Clovis, California
San Marcos, California
Montrose, Colorado

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