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Carrots are a root crop which comes in a wide variety of colors. They can be yellow, orange, or purple. While the purple colored varieties are some of the oldest types, orange varieties of carrots were popular by the mid-1700s. They can be served fresh in salads, or cooked.

Latin Name

Daucus carota var. sativa



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Fall Fall
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible
  • Annual

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range



    Washington grew carrots as a field crop in between rows of potatoes, and in the vegetable gardens on the Estate.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Lower Garden Slave Cabin Garden

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden
  • Slave Cabin Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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