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Beta vulgaris

Beet

Edible Beet, Common Beet, Garden Beet, Sea Beet
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Scientific Name Beta vulgaris
Principal Common Name Beet
Common Name(s) Edible Beet, Common Beet, Garden Beet, Sea Beet
Synonym
Description Annual or biennial herb; leaves glabrous, ovate to cordate, dark green or reddish, frequently forming a rosette from the underground stem; roots conspicuously swollen at junction with stem; flowering stalk 1.2–1.8 m tall, produced the second year from the top of the tuber; flowers small, numerous in a tall open panicle; fruit an aggregate of 2 or more fruits forming an irregular dry body; in garden beets, roots are usually a deep red color and may be globular or cylindrical; in chard and spinach beet, leaves have thickened midribs; in sugar beet, taproot is white and deep-penetrating.
General Comments
Origin
Nativity Southern Europe
Height Range 1 - 4 FT
Spread Range 1 - 2 FT
Flower Showy N
Warning
Sunset Zones 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 10 : 11 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24 : 25 : 26 : 27 : 28 : 29 : 30 : 31 : 32 : 33 : 34 : 35 : 36 : 37 : 38 : 39 : 40 : 41 : 42 : 43 : 44 : 45
USDA Zones 1 : 2a : 2b : 3a : 3b : 4a : 4b : 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11 : 12
Leaf Color Bright Green : Red tinged margin : Red Veins
Leaf Texture Fleshy : Glossy : Medium
Form Bulb : Edible
Flower Color Green : Red
Flower Time Summer
Months
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Loam : Loose : Sandy : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Edible : Flavor

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