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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Brassica oleracea var. oleracea - Wild Cabbage

Range & Status

Native. Suboceanic Southern-temperate plant. Mostly along the south coast of England, north-east England, Wales and few sites in Scotland. It is also found as an introduced alien inland.

Regional Distribution

Apart from one plant in St. Ives on the north coast, it is found scattered along the south coast of Cornwall, particularly at Prussia Cove (SW52), Polperro and Looe (SX25), and Fowey (SX15).

Habitat & Ecology

A long-lived perennial on coastal cliffs, both at the top and down the cliff face.


Scrubbing up of cliff sites.


Some sites are in SSSI.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.