Wednesday, 17th September 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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6 foot tall plant of Swiss Chard, beta vulgaris,
also known as 'Sea Kale Beet', has grown up on the furthest veg
bed, the one that never got fully dealt with this year.
has clusters of greenish flowers that look like little bottle-brushes.
the flowerheads are softly bristly to the touch the simple leaves
and the crimson-washed stems are smooth and polygonal in cross-section,
like a pencil. There are no ribs on the stem.
Chard is a cultivated variety of Sea Beet, Beta
vulgaris, a coastal species that, in its other cultivated varieties,
is grown as spinach beet and beetroot.
Swiss Chard, Beta vulgaris cycla
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