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Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Bright Lights' /Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Bright Lights'  / Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Bright Lights'
Plant with colorful petioles at Mercer Arboretum in Harris County, TX
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Plant with colorful petioles at Mercer Arboretum in Harris County, TX

Grown for colorful stems and leaves

Large planting at Garvan Woodland Gardens at Hot Spring, AR

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Scientific Name: Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Bright Lights'
Common Name: Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: A vegetable grown for its colorful petioles and ribs of leaves. This is a cool season annual that cannot tolerate high temperatures. Very attractive foliage during late winter and early spring. Nice combined with other cool season annuals like pansies. Plants begin to bolt once the days become longer in spring. Best grown in full sunlight and in soils that are well drained.