|Compare kale a European coastal plant, Crambe maritima, with broad fleshy leaves and white flowers, cultivated for its edible asparagus-like shoots: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)|
(Crambe maritima), cabbagelike perennial plant in a genus of about 20 species in the mustard family (Brassicaceae), native to seashores and cliffs of Eurasia. Young or blanched leaves are cooked and eaten. The waxy, blue-green, coarsely toothed leaves are 30-90 cm (1-3 feet) long. Honey-fragrant, clustered sprays of white, four-petaled flowers rise from the basal leaves.
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