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

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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.