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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden Fruit Garden & Nursery Lower Garden Pioneer Farm

  • Upper Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    5 5 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 10 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b

    Leeks are an onion relative with strappy green leaves which an edible stalk which is usually blanched.

    Latin Name

    Allium ampeloprasum



    Type of Plant

    Vegetables Vegetables

    Bloom Season



    Winter Winter
    Spring Spring


    Max height Max Height: 2.5'
    Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Black Walnut

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Northern Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, southern North America, Caribbean, South America


    In the March 10, 1798 gardener's report, Washington's gardener mentions sowing leek seeds.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington 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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