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Brassica napus ssp. rapifera

Also known as

Swedish Turnip, turnip, Rutabaga, Snagger, neep

Swede - rutabaga - veggiegroup by pin add (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some swedes from a Brassica napus plant
Some green Brassica napus plants in a garden

Swede Overview

Brassica napus is an annual or biennial species which is well known by the names Swede and Turnip, amongst others. It is a root vegetable in the Brassicaceae family that is commonly consumed. The leaves are also edible and may be used as leaf vegetables, this species originated from a cross between the Wild Cabbage, Brassica oleracea and and the turnip, Brassica rapa, var. rapa.

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Attractive fruits

Attractive flowers

Edibles to Sow Outdoors in June

Now the soil has warmed up, sow direct into prepared beds.

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