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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Radishes are a root vegetable that add a pleasant bite (if you like that kind of thing) to salads. They come in a variety of colors including black, purple, red, and white. They are useful as a winter cover or forage crop. Radishes are incredibly easy to grow, with high germination rates and a fast time to harvest.

    Latin Name

    Raphanus sativus


    Family

    Brassicaceae


    Type of Plant

    Vegetables
    Annuals

    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring
    Winter
    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Southeast Asia


    History

    According to Washington's gardener's report, radishes were grown in the upper and lower gardens in 1798 (that's right, folks- 11 years before Jefferson!).


    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.

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