Your garden will look lovely in lilac! This is another Perennial Permaculture introduction. It will give you the same textured, delicious leaves as the Crocodile Collard, but has beautiful lilac-colored stems and veins within the leaves. So gorgeous!
Why We Love It
Here are some of the reasons why we love the The Lilac Lizard Collard...
1) GORGEOUS! - These leaves are so beautiful with their touch of lavender in their veins and stems. They are beautiful in salads and stir fries.
2) NUTRITIOUS - Every color in a leaf provides different nutrients. The red and purples are some of the most medicinal plant compounds.
3) YUMMY - The Lilac Lizard Collard is delicious in salads, stir fries, and can be used as a beautiful wrap.
How to Grow It
Here's how to grow your Lilac Lizard Collard:
|MOISTURE||LIKES GARDEN MOISTURE|
|GROWING ZONES||PERENNIAL IN USDA ZONES 7-10, ANNUAL ELSEWHERE (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)|
|SIZE||3-6 FEET TALL & 3 FEET WIDE|
FROM CUTTINGS: Upon arrival place cuttings half-deep into good quality potting soil. Keep moist, but not over saturated, and give good light and warmth. Cuttings will root in 3-8 weeks. Alternatively plant cutting into good quality soil outside in spring or early fall in mild climates and keep moist. Can survive winter temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
PRO TIP: The key for this wonderful, branching perennial green is to harvest often! It will allow for optimal air flow, which will keep your collards happy and healthy. If you live in a cooler growing zone, take a branch cutting in the late Fall and pop into a pot and bring indoors for the winter. You can plant out again in the Spring.
Here are some pruning tips below:
How to Harvest & Use It
Harvest the outer, largest leaves. We suggest harvesting 1/3 or less of the leaves at a time so the plant can continue to gather sun and photosynthesize. Your Lilac Lizard Collard will pop up a flower stalk in the spring. The immature flower buds can be harvested and eaten just like broccoli (it's the same family). While it's flowering, you'll notice that it doesn't make as many leaves. After the plant is finished flowering, cut off the flower stalks and it will increase its leaf production again and give you leaves all summer, fall, and winter.