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    Mangelwurzels are incredibly large beets, sometimes over a foot long. They have typical red and green foliage, but their roots can weigh as much as 10 lbs.

    Latin Name

    Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris


    Family

    Amaranthaceae


    Also Known As

    Mangold Fodder beet Mangel beet


    Type of Plant

    Annual
    Crop

    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe


    History

    In April of 1788, Washington planted Root of Scarcity (mangelwurzels) in his vineyard enclosure.


    Bring Washington's Garden Home

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

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