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PlantFiles: Green Amaranth, Redroot Amaranth, Pigweed, Wild Beet
Amaranthus retroflexus var. salicifolius

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: retroflexus var. salicifolius

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Annuals
Vegetables
Herbs

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

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

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Dean_W On May 19, 2012, Dean_W from Central Texas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

An edible green at least from my experience. This particular variety easily reseeds which I'm sure most do. Thrives in the heat.

Neutral Monocromatico On Nov 12, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a medicinal plant used over here in Brazil under the name of "Caruru". Itīs also listed as a noxious weed, and it's pretty common on abandoned areas with fertile soil, being a nuisance in almost every garden. In my small garden I've never had problems with it, although I had some bad experiences with other Amaranths.

The state of Minnesota lists it as a noxious invasive too.

Positive Michaelp On Nov 12, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have found this to be easy to grow-it is a good green and hot weather spinach alternative. Very good nutrition for a green; if picked young, it is very tender and good cooked or raw (mild tasting.)

Medicinal uses include as an astringent; used for diarrhea, excessive menstrual flow, hemorrhages, hoarseness.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Big Pine, California
Aurora, Colorado
Lamar, Colorado
Springfield, Colorado
Benton, Kentucky
Kansas City, Missouri
Nashville, Tennessee
Cedar Park, Texas
Midway, Texas



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