This Halophyte perennial vegetable long predates Victorian times and was once most popular, but today very rarely available. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental vegetable but is edible. The blanched shoots, young flower heads and very young leaves can be eaten raw or the leaf midribs cooked and eaten like Asparagus; forced Seakale is also a real delicacy with a unique delicate flavor, somewhat like hazelnuts and a crisp texture.
Often found growing near the sea on beaches, cliffs and rocks and tolerant of both salt air and drought. The flowers are highly attractive to bees. Zone 5-9b.