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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Parsnips are a large root vegetable which somewhat resemble white carrots. They can be used in similar ways. Handling the plants should be done with care, as they can cause severe skin irritation. Gloves and long sleeves are recommended while harvesting.

    Latin Name

    Pastinaca sativa


    Family

    Apiaceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals
    Vegetables

    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring
    Winter

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Toxicity

    Skin irritant

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eurasia


    History

    Washington's gardeners grew and harvested parsnips.


    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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