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Sea Kale

Crambe maritima

Crambe

Giant Seakale

Coined from the Greek word for “cabbage,” this Brassica-related genus is relatively small, including about 20 annual and perennial species that bear dense racemes composed of minute flowers atop mostly leafless stems. Our European Crambe selections combine a commanding garden-worthy presence with easy-care sensibility.

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Mentioned in Thomas Jefferson’s 1809 Garden Book and frequently served for dinner at Britain’s Royal Pavilion during the late 1700s, this evergreen European seaside native is both a culinary and ornamental delight. The textural powdery-blue mound of thick, waxen and ruffled leaves gives way to stout branching stems plus ample flower heads festooned with myriad small, creamy-white blooms. Flaunting an AGM, a wondrous long-lived persona and savory nut-flavored notes, Sea Kale counts cabbage among its kin, detests root disturbance, favors good drainage and sun as well as a rich sandy loam. Easily grown Crambe maritima braves poor soil, dry sites and windy coastal conditions.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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Extraordinary Echinops!

Donning either frosty white, cobalt blue or steel-blue tones, the stunning floral orbs are perched atop straight sturdy stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. These undemanding European natives prefer sunny well-drained niches, but can tolerate poor, sandy or rock-strewn sites. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and plant connoisseurs alike, Echinops lend a statuesque presence to formal borders, cottage gardens, meadow-style plantings or cut arrangements.

Welcome pollinators into your garden….

with blooms that promise to buoy your spirits plus entice a plethora of pollinators, including moths, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. 

Most of are aware of the alarming decline in our bee and and butterfly populations. Recent studies indicate that planting a garden of any size, whether it's a substantial meadow or even a container, can attract and nourish pollinators. A network of pollinator gardens in neighborhoods, cities and rural areas throughout our country could provide enough habitat to maintain healthy communities of pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

We can make a difference by including numerous plants that benefit pollinators in our landscapes. We hope this selection of pollinator-friendly plants will inspire you to dig some into your garden. 

Happy August and Happy Digging from all of us Digging Dog plant wranglers!

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