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BRASSICA oleracea 'Chidori Pink'

Image of Brassica oleracea 'Chidori Pink' (Acephala Group, CHIDORI SERIES)

Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

BRASSICA oleracea 'Chidori Pink'( Acephala Group, CHIDORI SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Chidori Pink Ornamental Kale, Ornamental Kale

General Description

Bringing texture and shades of pink and green to the garden in the frosty fall, winter and spring seasons, ‘Chidori Pink’ is an ornamental kale, bred to be showy and descended from plants native to the coastal regions of southern and western Europe. It is a short-lived, hardy perennial typically grown as an annual.

The grayed, light green-blue leaves form a low rosette. As temperatures cool, the foliage develops bright pink colors, concentrated in the central new leaves. In the second year, the plants produce sprays of four-petaled lemon-yellow flowers in spring or early summer.

Grow 'Chidori Pink' in full to partial sun and fertile, organic-rich garden soil with ample drainage. Starting from seeds, sow in early spring before temperatures heat up or in fall six weeks prior to the last frost. Fall-grown crops taste better if harvested after frost. Approximately 30 days is required until the harvest of leaves for the table. They generally have a tougher texture and stronger flavor than traditional edible cabbage greens.

Best when viewed from above, this selection makes ideal companions to asters, pansies and mums in the autumn garden, and violas and spring bulbs in late winter and spring. Though it tolerates subfreezing temperatures, it eventually dies to the root after very cold nights, and then rots. Chilly temperatures are required to accentuate the leaf colorations. Without them, the leaves remain a solid blue-green

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    9"-15" / 22.9cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Gray Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes