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Redroot pigweed
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Amaranthus retrofolia

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Amaranthus Genus

Location

Origin: South America
U.S. Distribution: Throughout

Habitat: Cultivated fields, yards, wastegrounds

Soils: Prefers rich soils



General Information

Common name: Redroot pigweed

Family: Amaranthaceae

Height: Up to 6 ft.

Foliage: Simple, alternate leaves with long petioles

Flowers: Small, green with 3 spine-like bracts arranged into densly crowded blunt spikes

Bloom time: August - October



This pest causes problems by:

Other: Accumulates excess nitrites, can be poisonous to cattle
How to get rid of it:




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Comment: Redroot pigweed , Amaranthus retrofolia

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Leonard

vt March 08, 2010
young plants only of redroot pigweed it seems are best eaten, see the good info from Cornell: http://www.gardenmosaics.cornell.edu/pgs/science/english/pdfs/pigweed_science_page.pdf

Becci

Salem, AR March 07, 2010
Can the root of the redroot pigweed be eaten? If so, how is it used?


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