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Potatoes are a tomato relative and are often mistaken for them, as their foliage is somewhat similar in appearance. They are an agricultural staple that ranks with wheat and rice as among the most important in the world. Their South American origin is often obscured by their fame as a mainstay crop in Ireland. Potato tubers come in many colors; including yellow, brown, pink, red, and purple.

Latin Name

Solanum tuberosum



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Spring Spring
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 2'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Rabbit

  • Colors

    Native Range

    South America


    George Washington planted potatoes at many of his farms.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

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

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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