University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Vegetables

Chard, Swiss (Beta vulgaris, Cicla group)

The edible leaves are large, smooth, beet-like and grow upright from a central crown. Each leaf has a long, usually white, fleshy petiole or stem although novel varieties exist that have yellow, reddish or orange petioles. Leaf color varies from medium to deep green. Seeds are corky, similar to beet seeds.