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Crambe maritima (Crambe, Sea Kale)

Crambe maritima (Crambe, Sea Kale)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Herb, Alpine, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer early), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Crambe maritima Description

This is a low growing Crambe is native to the UK whee it grows on shingle shoreline. It is not the most attractive of plants and lacks the impact of its ornamental cousin; however it is very hardy and has uses as an edible plant.


Crambe maritima - Cultivation Notes

This clump forming perennial will flourish in any well drained fertile deep topsoil in full of part shade. Crambe requires plenty of space, so plant 1 metre a part towards back of boarder. Good for coastal areas.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Crambe maritima:

  • Scented blossom
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Design & Plant Use for Crambe maritima:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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