Beta cicla Georgi
Beta cycla Pall.
Beta trigyna is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant producing one to several stems 50 - 100cm long from a large rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It could be of value in plant breeding programmes.
Eurasia - Ukraine and the Balkans to the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran
Steppe, roadsides, seacoasts, cultivated land and grassy places in Turkey[
]. Occasionally persists in fields in Britain[
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Succeeds in most soils but prefers a light neutral to alkaline soil. A very tolerant plant, it has survived considerable neglect on our Cornwall trial grounds, succeeding in dense grass growth[
]. It is supposed to be edible[
Leaves - raw or cooked. Although we have found no records of their edibility, the plant belongs to a genus where the leaves are often used as food. The leaves of this species make an acceptable spinach[
The plant could be of value in plant breeding programmes to impart disease resistance into sugarbeet.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 15°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed, it can be sown outdoors in situ in mid to late spring.