A member of the Brassica family that produces large compacted flower heads. The edible flower heads, as can be deduced from the name, are violet to purple in colour. It is well known for its culinary use and nutritional value.
Harvest the flower heads, more or less 3 months after sowing the seeds, once the heads are fully developed and compact.
The seeds should be sowed during summer at a depth of 10 to 15 mm beneath the ground. They should be spaced at 70cm from one another. The time until germination is 10-14 days.
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Pests include cabbageworms, aphids and harlequin bugs. Diseases include clubroot and black rot.