General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: Usually 1 to 3 feet but can attain heights to 8 feet.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: greenish-white bracts
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: If grown in nitrogen rich soils, nitrates will accumulate in the leaves so it is best not to eat this plant unless it's grown organically.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Redroot Pigweed
  • Redroot Amaranth
  • Rough Pigweed
  • Green Amaranth
  • Wild Beet
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Amaranthus retroflexus
  • Synonym: Amaranthus retroflexus var. salicifolius
  • Synonym: Amaranthus retroflexus subsp. delilei
  • Synonym: Amaranthus retroflexus subsp. retroflexus

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jbwilliams99 On June 29, 2014 Seeds sown
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