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Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla

Beta vulgaris L. ssp. cicla (L.) W.D.J. Koch

Beta cicla (L.) L.

Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla L.

Chard, Swiss Chard, Silverbeet, Mangold

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyAmaranthaceaeAmaranth family
GenusBetaPerhaps from the Celtic bett, “red,” because of the red roots, in any case this was the ancient Latin name for the beet
SpeciesvulgarisCommon
ssp.cicla

About plant names...

Chard is often called Swiss chard to distinguish it from French spinach varieties. It is closely related to beets, and a popular and productive garden vegetable. Steamed with a little rice vinegar, it is one of my favorite vegetables, producing all summer long.

Identification: Chard is a group of cultivars that are not found in the wild. Leaves are shiny, wrinkly (like spinach), with red or green ribs and more recently available in many colors (“rainbow chard”). Plants are 12-18" (30-45 cm) high.

Online References:

Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla on Wikipedia

Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla on luirig.altervista.org

Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla on www.cazv.cz (PDF)

Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Beta vulgaris (Chard, Swiss Chard, Silverbeet, Mangold)

8/4/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA

Beta vulgaris (Chard, Swiss Chard, Silverbeet, Mangold)

7/30/2008 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 17 × 11" (42 × 28 cm)

Beta vulgaris (Chard, Swiss Chard, Silverbeet, Mangold)

7/19/2008 · Sue’s Garden
≈ 5½ × 4' (1.8 × 1.2 m)