Common Names: Decorative Kale, Ornamental Kale, Flowering Kale

Botanical names: Brassica Oleracea

Availability: Summer through fall and winter

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Tall stalks with large deeply lobed frilly leaves and serrated edges, forming tight rosettes surrounded by larger, more spread-out leaves.

Color: The colors can vary widely, ranging from deep purple and red to pink, white, and green, with veins and patterns adding to their visual interest.

Botanical facts: Brassica Oleracea, includes other cultivars such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts

Design notes: Decorative Kale can add unique texture, color, and interest to floral arrangements. It also makes an excellent focal point or accent in a floral design. Its large, showy leaves can draw attention and create a striking visual impact.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with turgid unblemished leaves. Avoid any stems with yellowing leaves.

Conditioning: Remove two to three inches of the stem with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative before storage or usage.

Additional notes: While technically edible, decorative kale is not usually grown for culinary purposes due to its tough texture and less palatable flavor compared to culinary kale varieties.