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PlantFiles: Rape
Brassica napus var. oleifera

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: napus var. oleifera


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral MotherNature4 On Jun 30, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Accidently got plants in with collard plants. We could tell in just a few weeks that these were more vigorous, and the leaves had tiny stickers on the backside. Their flavor and leaf texture was different from any other greens we had ever grown.
Flavorwise, I would never intentionally plant them because I didn't care for the flavor.

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 11, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the older generic cultivar of rape, which is used for winter cover crops, and green manure. In my youth we planted it for winter hog pasture. It is edible and similar to a smooth leaf kale in taste and texture, We use to eat it when other greens played out and the kale became infested with plant lice (aphids). This is the cultivar used for rape seed oil. In the 1970's an improved cultivar was developed in Canada called Canola and is used for Canola oil.


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

Bartow, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Troy, Virginia

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