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Crambe cordifolia (Crambe, Sea Kale)

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

This deciduous perennial produces mounds of large ovate leaves, which are complimented in early summer by masses of frothy white flowers which appear on masses of finely branched green stems, growing to 2.5 m tall by 2m wide.

Crambe cordifolia - Cultivation Notes

This vigorous clump forming perennial will flourish in any well drained fertile deep topsoil in full of part shade. Crambe requires plenty of space for its masses of white blossom, so plant 1.5 metres apart towards back of boarder. Good for coastal areas. Mulch annually to feed.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Crambe cordifolia:

  • Scented blossom
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • 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

Weaknesses of Crambe cordifolia

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Crambe cordifolia:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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