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Kale, Collard, Cole
Brassica oleracea var. acephala 'Redbor'

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

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Regional

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

Chula Vista, California

Richmond, California

Gainesville, Florida

Hadley, Massachusetts

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 16, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant is useful to mix in the perennial border because of it's beautiful foliage. When the cooler weather arrives in the fall, the whole plant turns the most stunning dark violet.

Positive

On Mar 14, 2005, Greenharvest from Hadley, MA wrote:

I grew this kale in my garden last season, and found it to be a great addition to my Summer and Fall table. The seeds were planted indoors, early, and germinated well and produced strong, healthy seedlings. After transplanting to the garden plot, they continued to thrive in my garden. The young leaves were beautiful to see, and delicate in flavor. Even as they matured, the plants kept producing many flavorful leaves, without the toughness and blandness that can result in older kale leaves. We continued to enjoy this kale right into the snowy days of late November. I reccommend this variety to all Northern gardeners.