Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens rainbow chard
chard 'Rainbow Chard'
A biennial vegetable grown for its edible leaves, and brightly coloured stems in a range of red, yellow and orange shades. Often grown as an annual, but late summer sowings may overwinter to provide leaves in spring, in areas where the soil is not too wet.
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height1 year
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
|Spring||Green Red Yellow Orange||Green|
|Summer||Green Red Yellow Orange||Green|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Beta can be annual, biennial or perennial plants, often with rosettes of basal leaves and thick, fleshy roots. The genus includes a range of wild species, as well as cultivated food crops such as beetroot, chard and sugar beet
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How to grow
Grow in fertile soil in an open, sunny site, though it can tolerate some shade in summer. See RHS Grow Your Own guide to chard for more detailed advice
Suggested planting locations and garden types
No pruning required
May be susceptible to birds, that can pull up and eat young seedlings, and to flea beetles
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