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  • greater sea kale
  • Eventual height: 2.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m

Crambe cordifolia

greater sea kale

RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators £5.49
Pot size 9cm pot
9cm pot
3 × 9cm pots
Quantity
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: deep, fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Billowing clouds of tiny, white flowers float above huge rosettes of deeply cut dark green leaves in June and July. A favourite plant of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, this perennial looks magnificent at the back of a sunny border or as part of a cottage garden scheme. The tiny flowers, attractive to bees, are a perfect foil for large-flowered plants. The leaves smell strongly of cabbage and the plant needs space to spread out.

  • Garden care: Cut back the plant to ground level in autumn and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant in spring.

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