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Beta vulgaris cicla group 'Bright Lights'

Swiss chard

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Swiss chard is a very good alternative to ordinary spinach. If you sow it from mid spring you can start picking in summer. It will overwinter to provide leaves during milder weather in winter and crops really well from spring to early summer. The broad midribs can be steamed and eaten separately from the bright green, wrinkled and deeply veined leaves. 'Bright Lights' is a dazzling swiss chard that is just at home in the garden border as it is in the vegetable plot. It has bright colourful stems and a mild, sweet flavour. Eat it raw or steamed. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Chenopodiaceae

Genus: Beta

Species: vulgaris cicla group

Cultivar: Bright Lights

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May


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