Ornamental cabbage is one of the most popular winter plants. They provide a totally different texture to your winter landscape. Once the plants are hardened by cooler night temperatures, they can survive most cold winters. They are often mixed up with kale plants. Since they look so similar, you can recognize them by looking at their flat leaves. Kale leaves; however, are rather curly on the edges. The question is, do you want to keep the winter look for next year?
Hardiness: As an annual, it completes the life cycle in one year, then dies.
Deer Resistant: Probably, smile. Edible to humans? Yes, but are not farmed for flavor.
Full Sun: Yes.
Partial Sun: Yes.
Shade: No, although they are cool season plants they love both, sun and partial shade.
Bloom Time: They don’t produce flowers, the leaves change colors and look like flowers.
Color: Green and a mix of pink-purplish.
Size: Approx. 18” tall and wide
Water Needs: Regularly, keep moist but do not over water.
Good Companion Plants: Any other fall blooming taller plants placed in the back.
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