Amaranthus graecizans occurs scattered throughout tropical Africa, where it has been recorded for many countries. It is also distributed in. Preferred Scientific Name; Amaranthus graecizans. Preferred Common Name; prostrate pigweed. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Eukaryota. Amaranthus graecizans is a ANNUAL growing to m (1ft 8in). It is frost tender. It is in leaf from May to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers.

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Leaves – cooked as a spinach[43, 46, 61, ].

The nutritious leaves have a very mild flavour, they are often mixed with stronger tasting leaves[, K]. Seed – raw or cooked[43, 46, 61, ].

Rich in starch[], they can be used as a cereal substitute[]. Very small but easy to harvest and very nutritious. The seed can be cooked whole, and becomes very gelatinous like this, but it is rather difficult to crush all of the small seeds in the mouth and thus some of the seed will pass right through the digestive system without being assimilated[K]. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for anaranthus adverse effects from the use of plants.

Wild Plants of Malta & Gozo – Plant: Amaranthus graecizans (Spreading Pigweed)

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the whole plant[]. Amaranrhus a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position[]. Requires a hot sheltered position if it is to do well[K]. Plants should not be given inorganic fertilizers, see notes above on toxicity. Most if not all members of this genus photosynthesize by a more efficient method than most plants.


Amaranthus graecizans L.

Called the ‘C4 carbon-fixation pathway’, this process is particularly efficient at high temperatures, in bright sunlight and under dry conditions[]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.

Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – sow late spring in situ. An earlier sowing can be made in a greenhouse and the plants put out after the last expected frosts. Germination is usually rapid and good if the soil is warm[]. A drop in temperature overnight aids germination[].

Cuttings of growing plants root easily[]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section.

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Amaranthus graecizans – L. Common Name Spreading Pigweed, Mediterranean amaranth Family Amaranthaceae USDA hardiness Coming soon Known Hazards No members of this genus are known to be poisonous, but when grown on nitrogen-rich soils they are known to concentrate nitrates in the leaves.

This is especially noticeable on land where chemical fertilizers are used. Nitrates are implicated in stomach cancers, blue babies and some other health problems. It is inadvisable, therefore, to eat this plant if it is grown inorganically. Habitats Disturbed or waste ground, Washington to California[43]. America – in all areas except the extreme north.

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. It is frost tender. It is in leaf from May to October. The species is monoecious individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant and is pollinated by Wind. The plant is self-fertile. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information.

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Spreading Pigweed, Mediterranean amaranth. No members of this genus are known to be poisonous, but when grown on nitrogen-rich soils they are known to concentrate nitrates in the leaves.

Disturbed or waste ground, Washington to California[43].