PlantsAmaranthus→Chinese Spinach (Amaranthus viridis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Amaranthus viridis Accepted
Amaranthus acutilobus Synonym
Amaranthus polystachyus Synonym
Amaranthus gracilis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12 inches
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Cooked
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self


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Posted by KAMasud (Alpha Centauri - Zone 9a) on May 4, 2013 12:21 AM

Edible weed, famine food.

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