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botanical name:
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Amaranthus hypochondriacus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Red Cockscomb, Prince's Feather
synonyms:  Amaranthus hypochondriachus
family:  Amaranthaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 1.20m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: purple & green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 10
description:
Tall, branching annual with large oblong, dark purplish-green leaves. Erect, plume-like spike of tiny crimson flowers from summer to early autumn. The small seeds can be white, cream, golden-yellow or black depending on the cultivar. There are many named cultivars.

cultivation:
Needs sun and fertile well-drained soil to grow well.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
Young leaves and seeds are edible and the plant is also used as a medicinal herb.

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