Mar. 16, 2020

redroot amaranth, Amaranthus retroflexus

Redroot amaranth is admittedly not much of a wildflower. Those little yellow anthers are as much as you're likely to see of flowers here. But it keeps hanging around and pestering for attention, so here we go. It got some respect from the Indians, who ate the leaves, and made meal from the seeds. It's tagged along with us to India, where they also eat it. These days in its native North America, we mostly spray it. These weeds can get up to nine feet tall, and are common in crop land and fallow fields. Redroot grows in every state and province except LB and YT, and is on SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 8/8/13. Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae.


16.03.2020 15:26

Diane Florini

The leaves are delicious and lots less work to harvest than the seeds are. I plant this weed in my garden ever since I learned to eat it in Congo in Peace Corps.