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  family amaranthaceae 
  genus amaranthus 

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Genus  Amaranthus Species  Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pigweed   amaranth Family  AMARANTHACEAE Specimen number  S12054 Data source  UnVeg p1
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Ascending Overall height  6' - 8' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 29 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to partial shade is ideal for Amaranthus. It prefers moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The leaves of this plant and the grain are both edible. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in Amaranthus include: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and protein. Amaranth (sometimes called pigweed) is most commonly used cooked.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Tall stalks Crop spacing  10" Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period  Mar 01 - Mar 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tolerates cold Heat requirement  Hot Fertilizer  Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium Time to harvest  greens in 3 weeks; grain in 120 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin C   Calcium   Protein Edible parts  Leaves   Grain Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  spinach-like with a hint of horseradish; its stems are like tiny artichokes
Horticulture notes  March is normally the best time to begin planting. Provide 10" spacing when grown in quantity. It requires hot days for good production. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are all required for optimal growth. Harvesting: greens in 3 weeks; grain in 120 days. Propagation of Amaranthus can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Amaranthus is a perennial.

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