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

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

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:

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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

Regional

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

Beaumont, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.