Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - DIG IN -

Dark-leaved kales, such as the pop­u­lar ‘Nero di Toscana’, are now often used as much in the f lower bor­der as the veg­etable gar­den. This one has beau­ti­ful blue-green leaves with red veins and the in­ten­sity of the colour in­creases in cold weather. It even with­stands frost. In spring it blooms abun­dantly with soft yel­low f low­ers, then af­ter f low­er­ing the fol­low­ing May it is over, in time to grow new plants from seeds for the new sea­son. It is also a good plant for at­tract­ing pol­li­nat­ing in­sects.

Height 90cm. Ori­gin Gar­den ori­gin (species coastal ar­eas of south­ern and west­ern Europe). Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun. Har­di­ness RHS H5, USDA 2a-11. Sea­son of in­ter­est Year round.

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