Amaranthus retroflexus

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Red-root Pigweed

Amaranthus retroflexus L.
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Not ranked
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No


Annual weed of disturbed/cultivated land, very widespread. Included here only because listed as a weed.

Edible: young leaves make a good salad green. Leaves can also be cooked. A rich source of iron.

Link to EOL: [1]

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Szczawinski & Turner, Edible Garden Weeds of Canada, ISBN 0-88902-752-8