General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Ca (Calcium)
S (Sulfur)
Mn (Manganese)
Zn (Zinc)
Cu (Copper)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Days to germinate: 5-10 days
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Thin or plant seedlings 10 inches apart. Full sized plants in 2 months. Sow 1-2 weeks before last frost in Spring or late summer for fall harvest. Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost.
Pollinators: Self

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of 'Lacinato'.

Common names
  • Kale
Also sold as:
  • Tuscan Black
  • Cavalo Nero
  • Dinosaur Kale
  • Black Cabbage
  • Black Kale
  • Black Palm
  • Cavolo Palmizio
  • Nero di Toscana
  • Tuscan Black Palm Cabbage
  • Tuscan Kale

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Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2020-03-25
Location: Geater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Date: August 3rd, 2022
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Bullard, TX
Date: 2020-05-04
Location: Geater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Date: August 3rd, 2022
Uploaded by Paul2032

Date: 2012-10-23

Date: 2012-10-23
Location: Malvern, PA
Date: 2018-04-26
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-05-19
Young plants

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy

Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
  • Uploaded by vic

Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
  • Uploaded by vic

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic
Uploaded by GoatDriver
Location: Victory Seed Company - Liberal, OR
Image used with permission of the Victory Seed Company.

Photo courtesy of Harris Seeds
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: February 20

Date: 2020-08-16
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  • Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Jan 6, 2014 12:20 PM concerning plant:
    Tuscan Black/Lacinato Kale is very attractive in the garden with its dark blue-green leaves, but it's also very delicious. I like to treat kale as a 'cut and come again' crop, trimming off the tender young leaves for eating, which encourages more leaves to form, making a nice bushy plant. As with most kale, this variety is frost hardy.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On March 25, 2020 Transplanted
partial shade
lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds germinated
from 2/26/20 sowing
lovesblooms On February 26, 2020 Seeds sown
indoors, heat, lights
lovesblooms On February 15, 2020 Seeds sown
indoors; heat/lights
lovesblooms On February 24, 2018 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 20, 2018 Seeds sown
indoors no heat
lovesblooms On February 22, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
most seedlings damped off
lovesblooms On February 12, 2017 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 4, 2017 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On March 16, 2016 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 1, 2016 Seeds sown
BlondieRides On May 1, 2016 Harvested
BlondieRides On March 4, 2016 Obtained plant
Kristine1212 On April 5, 2018 Plant emerged
Kristine1212 On March 24, 2018 Seeds sown
iheartmrf On March 11, 2019 Seeds sown
direct sowed in key hole garden boxes on 03/11/2019
LyraLu On March 21, 2022 Seeds germinated
9 of 12. kitchen window
LyraLu On March 16, 2022 Seeds sown
Indoors, no heat
antsinmypants On June 16, 2023 Transplanted
8 Into Garden One
antsinmypants On April 28, 2023 Seeds sown
Flat #1 R 7, 14.
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