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PlantFiles: Siberian Kale
Brassica napus var. pabularia

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

Synonym:Brassica campestris var. pabularia

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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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)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 27, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This one of the oldest kales said to have been grown by Jefferson at Monticello. It is extremely hardy and although it is available in both dwarf and curley versions, this is the ancient form. Quality is not as good as the curly Scotch type kales but it is virtually indestructable. It is widely available.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Cascade, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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