Russian Red Kale

Brassica napus pabularia

Growing Zones 3-9
  • Height: 20-30″
  • Width: 10-12″
  • Spacing:  12-15″
  • Days to Maturation:  60 Days
  • Location: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Water:  Average




This delicious grey-green kale is pretty enough to plant among the flowers. Much larger than regular kale (2 to 3′ tall), the stems are purplish and the leaves are shaped like big oak leaves and colored a velvety gray green. The purple colors become richer after frost, when the flavor becomes sweeter. Surprisingly, the big leaves are very tender and delicious. Garden Hints: Kale requires good cultivation; mulch or hoe frequently to keep soil loose and weed-free. Plants may be left outdoors all winter. Frost improves flavor. Smooth red leaves for baby leaf and bunching.  Delicious grey-green leaves turn purple in cold weather.

Stems are purple; leaves are flat, toothed, and dark green with purple veins. The plants mature medium-tall and leaves are tender compared to other kales. For salads and light cooking. NOTE: To extend storage life, dunk leaves in cold water post harvest. Originally from Siberia, brought to Canada by Russian traders around 1885. Seeds are borne in 2″ pods, a quarter-inch or less wide.   Heirloom