Chenopodium, Goosefoot, Inca Wheat, Pigweed, Quinoa 'Brilliant Rainbow'

Chenopodium quinoa

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Chenopodium (ken-oh-POH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: quinoa (KEEN-oh-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Brilliant Rainbow
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Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (yellow-green)

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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; direct sow after last frost

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Lawndale, California

Longmont, Colorado

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 30, 2010, sketchkat06 from Lawndale, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very easy to grow! The full size of this plant can be 5 or 6 feet in the ground. I have successfully grown them in containers ranging from recycled half gallon milk cartons to 5 gal. nursery pots to a height of 3 feet. The harvest is dwarfed like the plants, but still decent. The grains also store very well and it's fun to watch the plants change color as they mature and set seed.

The only trouble I have had is they are attractive to leaf miners, but pruning off the effected leaves does the trick and doesn't hurt the plant.

Positive

On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Broomfield, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Annual. Blooms late summer to fall. Full sun. 4'-6' tall. Dazzling colors of hot pink, royal burgundy, red, pumpkin orange, light yellow, creamy white, and lime green. Use at the back of the flower border for a textural splash of bright colors or grow for the delicious high protein grain. Quinoa grains can be cooked like rice and are highly nutritious. The Incas called quinoa, 'the mother of all grains'. It was planted with a golden tool and offered to the sun in golden vases during solstice. Outside, sow around average last frost date when soil temperatures are near 60 degrees. Inside, sow 1-2 weeks before average last frost date. (Warm climates, sow in late summer of early fall.)

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