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Planted at Mount Vernon

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

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    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





    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


  • Rabbit

  • Colors

    Native Range

    South America


    George Washington planted potatoes at many of his farms.

    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.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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