Low, compact plants with finely curled, bluish-green leaves.
Cultivated for its edible leaves, especially useful for providing leaves throughout the winter and spring, they are fairly cold tolerant.
A very easily grown plant, succeeding in full sun in a well-drained fertile preferably alkaline soil. Prefers a heavy soil. Succeeds in any reasonable soil. Shade tolerant, growing well on a north border. Succeeds in maritime gardens.
A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -15°c. It also tolerates high summer temperatures.
Leaves - raw or cooked. A strong cabbage flavour, they are delicious if used when fairly young though they can become tough with age. The leaves are usually available from autumn to late spring, and can be harvested all through the winter in all but the very coldest of seasons.
Young flowering shoots - raw or cooked. Picked before the flowers open, they are fairly tender and can be used as part of a mixed salad. When cooked, they have a delicious flavour similar to sprouting broccoli.