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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



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Fall Fall
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, southern Asia


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

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm Lower Garden

  • Pioneer Farm
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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