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Red-Root Pigweed Amaranthus retroflexus

Description

Pigweed is a summer annual in the Amaranth family.  

The seeds can be eaten raw or cooked.  They are sometimes ground into a powder and eaten as a substitute for cereal.  Sprouts can be added to salads.  

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#weed#weedy#summer annual weed#warm season weed
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#weed#weedy#summer annual weed#warm season weed
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amaranthus
    Species:
    retroflexus
    Family:
    Amaranthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
    Edibility:
    The seeds are eaten raw or cooked.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Weed
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are smaller in the upper portion of the central stem. Each leaf base is rounded, the tip is rounded and blunt. The upper portion of the leaves are hairless, the undersides have pairs present.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The central stem is stout, rounded, veined and covered with white hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy