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Botanical name

Beta vulgaris var. cicla

Plant Care



Common name(s)

Chard, Swiss chard



The foliage can be green or red, fresh young chard can be used in salads and the mature chard is cooked.

Uses in landscape design

For ornamental use, grow at the front of beds and borders, in cottage gardens, at the edge of sidewalks/paths or in mixed containers.
Informal/ cottage style , Vegetable garden

Drought tolerance


Planting instructions

Plant in full sun or part shade.

Soil conditions

Deeply dug and well composted


Medicinal – Helps boost the immune system, has anti-cancer properties, and helps to build healthy bones, and regulates blood pressure.
Great for compost heap.

Interesting planting ideas

Plant spinach next to most plants, it protects, tones and shelters them.
Plant near strawberries, onions, beetroot, peas, celery, cabbages and green peppers.
Don't plant near grapes or sage.

Interesting info

They are rich in beta carotene, folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins B6 and C. 


Harvest while leaves are young and tender, or after maturity when they are larger and have slightly tougher stems.

Growth habit

This plant has an upright growth habit.

The foliage can be green or red, fresh young chard can be used in salads and the mature chard is cooked.

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