The Backyard Larder

A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.

Purple Tree Collard

£7.50

Purple tree collards are still rare in the UK but are better known in America. They are tall, fast growing, long-lived perennial kales – reaching about 240cm I’m told (my tallest plant is a bit over 150cm at present). The leaves are green when young but soon turn purply-red in colour (and are especially colourful in cooler weather). The flavour is very good and not bitter. They are said to be hardy to about -5 deg C. My oldest plant has survived two winters with some polythene wrapping for protection which may not be necessary in mild winters or sheltered planting spots.

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