Scientific Name: Beta vulgaris (Conditiva Group)
Common Name: garden beet
Family Name: Amaranthaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Annual, Biennial
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Arching
Form: Vase
Texture: Very coarse
Landscape Uses: Urban agriculture
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Basal, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Cyme, Green, Sep
Fruit: Multiple fruit, Brown, Oct
Key ID Features:
Swollen taproot that is commonly red; leaves basal with long petioles in the first year, most blades ovate, 6-10cm long x 4-7cm wide, margins wavy, in second year leaves alternate on the flowering stem.