Daubenton's Kale (Perennial)
Brassica oleracea var ramosa
A perennial kale with multiple stems growing from the base rather than growing as a single stalk. It will put down elbows which will also take root and spread the plant outwards. It rarely produces flowers, so reproduction is carried out by taking cuttings. The leaves are smaller than regular kales but make up for it in volume of leaves produced. The leaves are soft and have a slight nutty taste when eaten they have a purple tinge around the edges. It is advisable to cover with netting as caterpillars and pigeons will make quick work of it.
Grows in most soils as long as it's not waterlogged. Feed regularly.
Height - 1m Spread - 2m after a couple of years.