Flowering Kale: Beautiful Edible Color

By: Maureen Gilmer

Lowly kale has a modern cousin that brings vivid color and food to early spring gardens. Flowering kale features dense and leafy heads in exotic purple and pink foliage as well as some odd thread-leaf forms that offer bold textural differences. You can blend kale with early season edible flowers like violas and calendula to make rainbow salads from a single potted composition. To make sure all edible leaves and petals are chemical-free, fill pots and troughs with Black Gold Waterhold Cocoblend Potting Soil before planting your kale. Then refresh the soil and replant with heat lovers when the kale bolts to flower around June.

Flowering Kale: Brassica Ornamental Purple

Flowering Kale: Brassica Ornamental Purple

About Maureen Gilmer

Maureen Gilmer has been a noted figure in horticultural journalism for over 30 years. She is author of 18 gardening books and writer of Yardsmart, a national column syndicated by Scripps Howard News Service. She is also garden columnist for the Desert Sun newspaper in the international resort town of Palm Springs. Maureen is a public speaker and former host of Weekend Gardening on the DIY Channel. She lives in Morongo Valley with her husband Jim and two rescue pit bulls. When not writing or photographing she is usually out riding her quarter horse.