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

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

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

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 11, 2009, astcgirl from Davidsonville, MD (Zone 6b) 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.