The "dinosaur kale".

Also called Black Magic, Tuscan Kale, Flat Black Cabbage, Heirloom Kale and Lacinato Heirloom Kale! But whatever her name , it is an absolutely stunning plant.

“Dinosaur” is an Italian heirloom that dates back to the eighteenth century. It's an extremely vigorous and cold hardy plant that can withstand light frost.

The blue green strap-like leaves are 7.6 cm (3") wide by 25-45 cm (10-18") long with a heavily savoyed texture. It has an excellent flavor that is enhanced by frost. It is best for eating when leaves are small and tender.

Easy to grow she attracts many pests and need to be covered and have companions plants growing with her for a good harvest.

There are a number of veggies, herbs, and flowering plants that make great companion plants for kale.

Among the veggie plants compatible with kale are: Artichokes Beets Celery Cucumber Lettuce Onion Peas Potatoes Radishes Spinach

Kale also enjoys the company of many herbs such as: Garlic, Basil, Dill, Chamomile, Mint (be careful with Mint as it propagand everywhere when not grow in a close boxe.), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Hyssop, marigolds, and nasturtium companions get a thumb’s up from kale as well.

Low in calories, Black kale offers vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and potassium. It is said Black kale stimulates the immune system and can help in preventing certain types of cancer. Juiced Black kale is claimed to be helpful for arthritis, gastric ulcers, depression, and gout. Knowing that now you have no more excuses to grow them!

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