Walking Stick Cabbage

Brassica oleracea

Historically, the stalks of this plant were made into walking sticks, fencing and rafters. Islanders would strip its leaves, varnish the stalk, and created a handle, either by heat-treating and bending the root end or by planting at an angle to produce a naturally bent root. Like its tree collard relative, this Brassica is a delicious perennial sauté green to have in the garden. Walking sticks are still made from this cabbage in the traditional way in the Channel Islands (check it out on YouTube)!

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Walking stick cabbage can develop into a tall stalk, easily to 10' and possibly to 20'! In Northern California we have found that because this crop so easily goes to flower, it is difficult to grow a straight stem for use as a cane.

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Average

Origin: Channel Islands

Walking Stick Cabbage