Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Days to Maturity: 60 days
Native: Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean region
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: Leaf tops to 12″–18″ tall
Variety Information: 2 ½”–3″ blood red, globe shaped. Leaf tops are dark green on red stems. Introduced in 1892, ‘Detroit Dark Red’ is the standard for beets. It has particularly good tasting greens, and withstands fluctuations in temperature quite well.