Brassica Oleracea

11KAL-5496Ornamental cabbage

Brassica or ornamental cabbages make for wonderful garden specimens during cooler winter months.

These fantastic splashes of colour can be used as bedding plants, edging plants and make statements in containers. Being part of the cabbage family they are edible too and add zest and colour to stirfrys and salads. Yet another attribute for Brassica is that they make interesting cut flower specimens. As they age they form a tough thick stem under the flower head, these are easily picked and last long in arrangements.

Ornamental cabbages need to be planted in full sun and in a well drained soil. They enjoy organic – rich soils and need about a 20 -30 cm spacing between plants. They can become as wide as dinner plates forming dense rosette like flower heads on ground level.

Use ornamental cabbage for sea side gardening as they are salt spray tolerant.

Brassica are also able to with stand very cold conditions and frosts which makes them ideal for winter gardens.


Brassica Kamome White and Red has fringed typed leave with all the leaves finely ruffled. They have a white and red centre respectively and this is framed by green outer leaves. Colours become stronger with cooler night temperatures Brassica Songbird White and Red is a slightly more compact variety with the leaves being more scalloped than and not as frilly as the Kamome Brassica. Songbird


White and Red have white and red/pink centres respectively and are they surrounded by green leaves. Colours also become stronger with cooler night temperatures

Ornamental cabbages are easy to grow and provide excellent winter colour.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
GardenShop Broadacres
GardenShop Bryanston
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg

Limpopo Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Sterkloop

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

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