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Vegetable Amaranth, Redroot Pigweed

Amaranthus retroflexus

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: retroflexus (ret-roh-FLEKS-us) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Champaign, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

On Sep 7, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This Amaranthus retroflexus is the Green Pigweed, Rough Pigweed, or Redroot that is the most common of the Pigweed species in the US. The leaves are all green as is the flower-seed spikes that arise. It can get up to 6 feet high, though it usually is about 3 feet high. The thick taproot has a red color. It is a common annual weed in gardens, farm fields, orchards, and waste places. Once pulled out of the ground, which can be hard if large, kills it off.This Green Pigweed is shown in the Golden Guide booklet called "Weeds. The book called "Weeds of the North Central States" Circular 718 from the University of Illinois terms it as the Rough Pigweed and show a good illustration of it. The first two photos in this file are in the wrong place. They should be with the beet-like cultivar of 'Fote... read more

Positive

On Apr 11, 2009, astcgirl from Brandon, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Found in West Indian and Chinese Markets as a vegetable, similar to spinach. Called "bhagee" in the Caribbean. I tasted this as a Guyanese dish which was sautéed down with unsweetened coconut milk, garlic, onions and salt & pepper and it was delicious.

Positive

On Apr 4, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is easy to grow -loves hot weather -great Spinach substitute in hot weather-very nutritious-and is tender and has a mild flavor-good in salad or cooked as a green.Not frost tollerant.

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