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Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Amaranthus (pigweed family)?

I'm working with a park expert and a master gardener, to identify flowers and weeds on my property.  However, we are still unsure of this red colored one.  I think the chickens are the reason we have it all over this year.  I'm not exactly sure what it is.  Unless I hear back from the experts, I may have to keep looking in books and on-line.
 

6 comments:

simplicityinthemaking said...

Is it long leaved dock? Check this out...
http://weedscanada.ca/images/Polyg10-long-leaved-dock.JPG

Candy C. said...

The amaranth we have around here is a single stalk, we have TONS this year because of all the rain. Not sure about the red one.

Kristina said...

That sure looks like long leaved dock.

Tree Sister said...

It's amaranth. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth In some places, like where I live, it grows wild. It's ground up and used in flour, or is given as a staple like quinoa or oats. It's also found in birdseed. It's very high in protein. Feed it to your chickens!

nancypo said...

I'm a Master Gardener, looks like Amaranthus-
http://www.plant-biology.com/Amaranthus.jpg

Kristina said...

Thanks! I had no idea is was edible. How neat to find this out.