Hardy perennial of beaches and coastal sites. A delicacy from the olden days, young leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or lightly cooked, young shoots are boiled and eaten like asparagus plants are forced after the 3rd year. Relative of the Brassica family. To sow remove outer seed casing to speed up germination, sow in pots, trays, direct sow or nursery bed from May to June. Transplant into final position following May 1m apart, thin direct sown plants at fourth leaf stage.