I planted this kale in late 2017, at about the same time that my daughter was born. She is now two years old. She can now run and climb rocks. The kale can’t even stand on its own; but it’s far taller than she is.

Reaching to almost six feet here in late February 2020, this dinosaur kale plant still provides us with edible leaves.

Dinosaur kale goes by many names: Lacinato kale, Tuscan kale, Italian kale; or counterparts in Italian such as Nero Toscana, Cavolo Nero; or it has been called palm tree kale.

Leaves of two-year-old dinosaur kale plant.

But how do the leaves from my plant taste, being so big and old? You might imagine them now being fibrous or bitter, but no. They’re as delicious as ever, excepting when the plant was just a baby; baby greens of any type are always the sweetest and most tender.

Leaves of young chard and cabbage.

This dinosaur kale plant has had its share of challenges. It grew lopsided and the rainstorms a few months ago toppled it, so I had to prop it with a stake. And seasonally there are aphids which arrive to feed on it, but then the birds and ladybugs and other predatory insects follow to feed on the aphids and their population is knocked down.

How long will this dinosaur kale plant continue growing? How tall can it get? I don’t know. I won’t be removing it, so we’ll see.

Here is how the dinosaur kale plant and my daughter stacked up when they were both about one year old:

The kale still had friends beside it and our winter had lots of rain. Photo taken January 18, 2019.

And again, today:

Photo taken February 27, 2020.

Check out my post, “Growing greens in Southern California.”

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