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PlantFiles: Amaranth, Edible (Yin Tsai, Chinese Spinach)
Amaranthus viridis 'Red Stripe Leaf'

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: viridis (VEER-ih-diss) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Stripe Leaf

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Category:
Vegetables

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 5, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a fascinating amaranth, often simply called Red Leaf in the market, that produces large green leaves with red stripes in the center. This variety is a vigorously growing vegetable in warm weather. Some people grow this variety as decorative plants as well as leafy vegetable plants. Young leaves and stems can be harvested periodically for a long time during the growth. This vegetable is very popular in Chinatown and Southern Asia. Chinese and Vietnamese use this vegetable for stir-fry and soup. Leaves with red stripes will release red color into soups and dishes when cooked.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Beaumont, Texas



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