Plant ID forum: Just started growing so I let it do its thing. What the heck is it

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KassemE
Aug 3, 2017 6:55 AM CST
Hello, just wondering if anyone knows what this purple plant is
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Aug 3, 2017 7:26 AM CST
I'm thinking it's a red Amaranth -- usually grown for "pretty" than for grain. If you let it go to seed, you'll have "volunteers" next year. I have them pop up here and there in my garden. I think they're fun, because they can get so tall, and with the color of the leaves (shallow roots, too) it's easy to pull unwanted seedlings.

found some good leaf shots on this page

what do you think?
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 9:46 AM CST
I also thought Red Amaranth.
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KassemE
Aug 3, 2017 11:09 AM CST
Leaves look a little different but could be a possibility. I just left it because it was giving the garden some color.
Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Aug 3, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Love the design of your garden -- looks very productive per square foot (overhead pergola working great for stringing up the tomatoes!), and it's got fabulous curb appeal!
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Aug 4, 2017 2:00 AM CST
No single doubt that the plant in question is an amaranth, though for the variety I'm not sure. We grow amaranth for the leaves (not the grain or sprouts). A leafy vegs, both red or green, cooked like spinach. Spinach can't grow easily in our tropical (Spinach are quickly bolt or killed by combos of hot, humid and rain ).
Luckily I prefer amaranth to spinach. Some variety are better then the others though, and they are easy to grow from seeds or cutting.

In my country "Spinach" in English, usually translated/refers to Amaranth not Spinacia.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Aug 5, 2017 10:26 AM CST
OK, gonna pick some leaves and steam them... thanks for the tip!
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