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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Rutabagas are a cool season root vegetable which can also be used as a fall cover crop. The large root is purple and white and the leaves are usually bluish-green. It can be boiled, baked, roasted, or mashed, as well as eaten raw in salads.

    Latin Name

    Brassica napus


    Family

    Brassicaceae


    Type of Plant

    Annual
    Vegetable

    Seasons

    Fall
    Winter

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Russia


    History

    George Washington wrote in March of 1788, "I causd to be sown a bed of Reynold's Turnip rooted Cabbages for the purpose of raising plants to put in my Corn Rows." The phrase "Turnip rooted Cabbages" was commonly used to refer to rutabagas.


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