View Larger

Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Pioneer Farm
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Beets are a popular root crop used for pickling, roasting, and salads. They come in an array of colors, including red, yellow, and red and white striped.

    Latin Name

    Beta vulgaris


    Family

    Amaranthaceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals
    Vegetables

    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1.5'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, southern Asia


    History

    George Washington's gardeners recorded many instances of planting beets.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

    Shop Now
    Buy Tickets What to See Calendar Shop Restaurant Donate Membership
    Estate Hours

    Open today from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    iconDirections & Parking
    buy tickets online & save