Sep. 15, 2021

sea kale, Crambe maritima

Sea kale is a salt loving species from the coasts of northwestern Europe and the Black Sea. It has been a poor man's cabbage into Victorian times. Apparently cultivated cabbage is superior and sea kale has mostly fallen into disuse. It occasionally turns up in gardens because of its tufted shape, pale leaves and plentiful white flowers. Flora of North America reports this from the Oregon coast, and the FDA has it in California. Beal Gardens, MSU, 5/23/16. Mustard family, Brassicaceae.