Brassica, The gem of autumn

In the summer the leaves remain green and insignificant, but as soon as autumn starts the Brassica starts to confess its colours.

brassica in autumn arrangement

It starts with a modest blush in the hart, but then soon starts to spread all the way out. Besides pink, red, and purple Brassicas are also available in white!

Origin & characteristics

Brassica is Latin for cabbage. It is typically used for ornamental purposes, and isn’t really a flower, although it is often used as a cut flower. the Brassica is an ornamental vegetable. It is harvested before the actual plant starts to bloom. The ornamental cabbage is a part of the mustard family (Cruciferea) in which all known cross-bearing cabbage varieties belong. Examples are: red cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, and broccoli.

 

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A rough gem

Use Brassica as a cut flower, and it will attain its tough character. Use it for an outside bouquet, arrangement, or garland, and you’ll never have to worry if it’s too cold for them to sit outside. Removing the excess leaves is not necessary; the grower does this for you till about 20cm under the head. The stems, however, can be very dry so cut off a large part of the stems.

Last but not least, don’t forget the rough but cute Brassica plant! Put it together with Calluna and create a stunning autumn container for on the garden table.

 

Interested in using these beautiful ornamental cabbages in your arrangements? You can find British Brassica on our Pre-order.

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