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PlantFiles: Purple Amaranth, Livid Amaranth, Bride Malabar
Amaranthus blitum

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: blitum (BLY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Amaranthus ascendens
Synonym:Amaranthus lividus
Synonym:Amaranthus lividus var. polygonoides
Synonym:Amaranthus lividus subsp. polygonoides
Synonym:Amaranthus viridus

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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No positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative vossner On May 27, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Annoying and unwanted in my garden. Breaks easily when trying to pull it, so hand removal is 50% effective at best. Only when ground is soft following a rain, is it easily removable.


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

Richmond, Texas

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