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Spinach is a low-growing leafy green which is ideal in salads, but can also be prepared in soups, stews, or as a cooked green. It is a cool season crop, prone to bolting when summer temperatures get too high.

Latin Name

Spinacea oleracea



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Fall Fall
Spring Spring


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


  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


    Native Range



    Washington's Gardener's Report records the gardeners " Digging, Sowing pease, Spinage, &
    planting Onions" on Feb 4 of 1798 in the garden.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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