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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 July, 2010

Sea Kale (Crambe maritima)

Sea Kale is a rare plant but it grows here in Dorset. A seashore specialist it has the capacity to grow on both shingle and sand. As a result this plant is most likely to be encountered on along the Fleet, especially towards the top and back of Chesel Beach.

The leaves are obvious for quite a long period of time but the flowers come in June to August.

This is a relative of the Kale that is grown as a food crop and has large 'cabbage' leaves and it is a member of the Cabbage family, the Cruciferae