Crambe cordifolia

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Crambe cordifolia
Crambe cordifolia plant.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Crambe
Species: C. cordifolia
Binomial name
Crambe cordifolia

Crambe cordifolia, syn. Crambe glabrata DC. (greater sea-kale,[1] colewort, heartleaf crambe) is a species of flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to the Caucasus. Growing to 2.5 m (8 ft) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) broad, it is a substantial clump-forming herbaceous perennial with kidney-shaped dark green leaves, 35 cm (14 in) or more in length, which die down in mid- to late summer.[2] It is cultivated in gardens for its broad crinkled foliage and spectacular multi-branched inflorescences of many small fragrant white, cruciform (cross-shaped) flowers, reaching up to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) high and appearing in early summer. Under droughty conditions the foliage depreciates. The plant is tap-rooted and resents disturbance.

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

The Latin specific epithet cordifolia, meaning "heart-shaped", refers to the leaves.[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crambe cordifolia". Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 

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