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Amaranthus retroflexus

Green Amaranth

Family Amaranthaceae



Use
Cooked green
, salad green, flour. The leaves can be boiled, steamed, or added raw to a salad. The seeds can be ground into flour.




Description

Growth Form: Coarse weed with stout stem. Grows 6-24 in.

Leaves: Dull green. Oval-shaped on long stalks.

 

Flowers: Dense flower clusters. Bristly.


 

Whole plant (Photo by Emily Silver in Weston,MA)
Whole Plant


Leaves (Photo by Emily Silver in Weston, MA) Leaves

 

Habitat and Range

Roadsides, Fields, Waste Ground. Found throughout most of Northeastern United States.

Season

Leaves harvested spring-fall. Seeds harvested in fall.




Fun Facts

Also known as Redroot Pigweed.

They have been a poetic symbol of immortality from the time of ancient Greece.


Flower (Photo by Emily Silver in Weston, MA)
Flower

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