Herb: Nine Star Perennial Broccoli


Latin name: Brassica oleracea botrytis aparagoides


Family: Cruciferae



Edible parts of Nine Star Perennial Broccoli:

Immature flowering head - raw or cooked. The plant forms a small cauliflower head in early spring. When this is harvested, another 6 - 12 smaller cauliflowers are produced on sideshoots. The plants are not highly productive, but they are well-flavoured and make an excellent vegetable. Leaves - raw or cooked. They have a mild cabbage flavour and can be harvested all year round, though be careful not to weaken the plant and thereby reduce the yield of flowering heads.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
75 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
May to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Not known in the wild.

Other uses of Nine Star Perennial Broccoli:

An extract of the seeds inactivates the bacteria that causes black rot.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow in a seedbed outdoors in April. Transplant into their permanent positions as soon as the plants are large enough and there is space in the garden. Do not let the seedlings get overcrowded or they will soon become leggy and will not make such good plants. If your seedlings do get leggy, it is possible to plant them rather deeper into the soil - the buried stems will soon form roots and the plant will be better supported.

Cultivation of Nine Star Perennial Broccoli:

Not known in the wild.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Brassica oleracea botrytis aparagoides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.