Broccoli – Brassica oleracea var. italica
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Broccoli, like other crops in the mustard family, is a hardy cool-season vegetable. It can be planted from seed, transplant, roots, or shoots. The immature flower heads are harvested. A portion of the stem is also edible.
Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing broccoli.
For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.