Purple Peacock Broccoli

Certified Organic Seed

Brassica oleracea

Show-stopping purple-headed broccoli with tender kale-like leaves.

One of the showiest and most flamboyantly-adorned birds on the planet now has a rival. With blue green streaked feathers, an ombre train, and an iridescent crest worn on top, this broccoli is a bird of another feather. The stems, leaves, and florets show as much variation as from one pretentious peacock to another. You may find yourself being as picky as a peahen, selecting which broccolis to invite in for dinner based purely on the extravagance of their colorful display. And just like a peafowl breeder, you may begin selecting which traits you want passed on generation to generation by letting your favorite plants go to seed.

Not only does this variety stand out for its unique medium-sized, purple-hued florets, but its bright-purple-veined leaves are just as good for eating. They're tender and sweet and can be used like kale. Purple Peacock is heat tolerant as well.

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Start indoors 4-8 weeks before last frost, then transplant when plants have 2 sets of true leaves. For fall harvesting, start indoors 10-12 weeks before first frost. Spring and summer plants will benefit from protection from flea beetle, row cover works great. Uncover when plants are big and before the heads start to form. Broccoli prefers well drained, fertile soil and regular watering. All parts of Purple Peacock are edible and sweet: the heads, leafs and side shoots.

Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Planting Depth 1/4"
Spacing in Row 24"
Spacing Between Rows 30"
Height at Maturity 24"
Width at Maturity 18"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Hollie Shortino. Her intricate painting is a fanciful celebration of this showy broccoli. As if a peacock needed more flair, this one has plumes topped with broccoli florets and wears a broccoli crown upon his head.

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