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PlantFiles: Vegetable Amaranth, Redroot Pigweed
Amaranthus retroflexus

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive astcgirl 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 Michaelp 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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