Ornamental Cabbage:Everything YouNeed To Know
Ornamental cabbages, also known as 'brassica oleracea' and 'flowering kale', are cherished for their longevity and ability to thrive in cold weather. While they look similar to cabbage heads, they are picked for their rosettes of colourful foliage, making them the perfect addition to a seasonal bouquet.
Read on to discover more about these uniquely ruffled, ornamental flowers and how to care for them.
Types of Brassica
It can be hard to distinguish between these ornamental varieties. 'Flowering kale’ is the term used to describe brassica with curly, frilly, or ruffled leaves, while 'ornamental cabbage' is the term for brassica with flat edges and contrasting colours.
Ornamental cabbages do not tolerate the summer heat. Their white, pink, and red pigments begin to bloom in the colder months, making them a perfect addition to an autumn or winter arrangement.
Some of the most common types of ornamental cabbage varieties include:
Not the stuff you pick from the supermarket shelves and add to your salad, Flowering Kale have leaves which are blue-green in tone and gradually expand as the temperature starts to drop. Here are some of the most common types of flowering kale varieties:
Brassica Care Tips
With the proper care, brassica can remain fresh for up to a week when placed in a vase.
Keep away from direct sunlight
Never leave in direct sunlight. Partial shade from the afternoon sun is ideal, so best to place near a west-facing.
Store in a cool place
Never leave brassica near a radiator, instead place in a cooler spot like the the hallway.
Keep away from fresh fruit
If you want your flowers to make a statement in the kitchen, then just be sure to keep brassica away from fruit bowls as fruits such as bananas and oranges product ethylene when they ripen which can shorten the lifespan of flowers.
How to use Ornamental Cabbage in Arrangements
Ornamental cabbage is available in an assortment of magnificent colours, from rosy reds to subtle pinks. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to use ornamental cabbage to create eye-catching arrangements and what other flowers they work well with, then we’ve got you covered.
Nothing signals autumn like a brightly-coloured ornamental cabbage, nestled among other seasonal staples, such as chrysanthemums. Choose the crimson variety and pair with rich red roses for a bouquet to say ‘I love you’.
Ornamental cabbage and kale are among some of the prettiest flowering plants, making their flowers ideal for a winter bouquet. You can pair their green and white hues with blush bouquets of plumb roses and eucalyptus – perfect for a birthday bouquet.
If you’re an autumn or winter bride, consider using ornamental cabbages in your bridal bouquet. Striking enough to make a statement on their own or paired with eucaluptus, delicate dahlias and fluffy pampas grass for a bohemian bouquet, they’re guaranteed to add flair.
Ornamental Cabbage Facts
Ornamental cabbage is edible
Yes, that’s right, you can eat ornamental cabbage. It is often used as a garnish as it can be very bitter in taste, so we wouldn’t recommend using it as the base of your salad.
Ornamental cabbage belongs to the brassica oleracea family
Ornamental cabbage and kale are the same species as many other cool-season vegetables like cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower. However, ornamental cabbage is grown primarily for its aesthetics and not its taste.
The brassica oleracea species have ancient origins that date back 4,000 years
Historically the breeding of the brassica oleracea species began in the Mediterranean; the Greeks and Romans used them primarily as a food source. Abundant in vitamins, brasicca is often featured as an ingredient in herbal medicines.
Brassica thrive in cooler temperatures
Brassica colours form and intensify in temperatures below 15°C. This is because the weather suppresses chlorophyll production, allowing the plant's white, pink, blue and green tones to develop.
Whether you’re turning your home into a winter wonderland or want to sending a loved one a seasonal bouquet, the ornamental cabbage is guaranteed to brighten up the winter blues.