Our Favorite Ornamental Cabbage/Kales

Ornamental cabbage and kale (also known as "flowering" cabbage and kale) are in the same species (Brassica oleracea) as edible cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. While ornamental cabbage and kale are edible, they tend to have a bitter flavor and are often used in a culinary setting as garnishes. Ornamental cabbage and kale are prized primarily as colorful additions to home gardens where they are grown for their large rosettes of white, pink, purple or red leaves. Technically, ornamental cabbage and kale are all kales (kales produce leaves in a tight rosettes; cabbages produce heads). But in the horticultural trade, ornamental kale is the term used for types with deeply-cut, curly, frilly or ruffled leaves. Ornamental cabbage is the term used for types with broad, flat leaves that are edged in a contrasting color. Ornamental cabbage and kale grow approximately one foot wide and 15 inches tall.

For beautiful ornamental color from early fall until December, plant Ornamental Cabbages or kales in beds and borders. The center area of foliage will turn from green to red, white or pink (depending on variety) in response to cool fall weather. As a plus, flowering cabbage plants are edible, often used by restaurants as attractive salad garnishes. Sow seeds indoors in June and transplant outside in July for best fall color.

Click here for a cultural guide to growing Ornamental Cabbage and Kale ( University of Mass. )

IP063 Color Up Red Flowering Cabbage
Red center, surrounded by green. Very compact, round solid heads, waved leaf, long lasting color growing about 6" tall, in full color 12 weeks from seed.
 80mg package ( about 25 seeds ) $2.95
2876 Osaka Series Mix Flowering Cabbage
A mix of all the Osaka colors. Wavy, fringed leaves, early bloomer growing about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2877 Osaka Series Pink Flowering Cabbage
Wavy, fringed leaves, early bloomer growing about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2878 Osaka Series Red Flowering Cabbage
Wavy, fringed leaves, early bloomer growing about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2879 Osaka Series White Flowering Cabbage
Wavy, fringed leaves, early bloomer growing about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2880 Pigeon Series Mix Flowering Cabbage
Mix of Pigeon colors. Smooth round solid heads, slightly waved leaf, extra dwarf.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2881 Pigeon Series Purple Flowering Cabbage
Smooth round solid heads, slightly waved leaf, extra dwarf.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2902 Pigeon Series White Flowering Cabbage
White center, green leaf.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2884 Sunrise Flowering Cabbage
For cool-season bouquets. Creamy white with a light pink center.
Florists love these small-headed, leaf-type cabbages. They will grow successfully wherever temperatures become sufficiently cool.
Very long vase life. Height 24-36".
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2885 Sunset Flowering Cabbage
For cool-season bouquets. Red center.
Florists love these small-headed, leaf-type cabbages. They will grow successfully wherever temperatures become sufficiently cool.
Very long vase life. Height 24-36".
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2886 Tokoyo Series Mix Flowering Cabbage
Smooth edged leaves, heat resistant, grows about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2888 Tokoyo Series Red Flowering Cabbage
Smooth edged leaves, heat resistant, grows about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3278 Color Up Mix Flowering Cabbage
Very compact, round solid heads, waved leaf, long lasting color, grows about 6" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3279 Kamome Pink Flowering Kale
Fringed leaf, compact, midsize head, grows about 6" tall, matures in 12 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3280 Kamome Red Flowering Kale
Fringed leaf, compact, midsize head, grows about 6" tall, matures in 12 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3281 Songbird Pink Flowering Kale
Round heads, more upright leaf shape for better drainage and rain resistance, grows about 6" tall, matures in 12 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3282 Songbird Red Flowering Kale
Round heads, more upright leaf shape for better drainage and rain resistance, grows about 6" tall, matures in 12 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3283 Songbird White Flowering Kale
Round heads, more upright leaf shape for better drainage and rain resistance, grows about 6" tall, matures in 12 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2891 Chidori Red Flowering Kale
Fringed dark leaf, red center, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2893 Coral Prince White Flowering Kale
Feather leaf, white center, green edge, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2894 Coral Queen Red Flowering Kale
Feather leaf, red center, purple-green edge, slow bolter, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2896 Nagoya Series Red Flowering Kale
Highly fringed leaves turn red in fall, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2897 Nagoya Series Rose Flowering Kale
Highly fringed leaves turn red in fall, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2898 Nagoya Series White Flowering Kale
Highly fringed leaves turn red in fall, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2900 Peacock Series Red Flowering Kale
Feather leafed type, compact, growing about 6 inches tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2901 Peacock Series White Flowering Kale
Feather leafed type, compact, growing about 6 inches tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
TRM719 Lucir Rose Flowering Kale
F1 hybrid, long stem for cutting, rose center, ultra glossy waxless deep green leaf, growing about 24 inches tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
TRM720 Lucir White Flowering Kale
F1 hybrid, long stem for cutting, white center with pink eye, ultra glossy waxless deep green leaf, growing about 24 inches tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95