Scientific NameAmaranthus albus
Other Common Names:
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Amaranthus graecizans var. pubescens
This erect summer annual flowers from June through October. The seeds germinate from April through September.
The egg shaped leaves grow on short petioles, and grow from 1/2 to 1 inch in length. The leaves are generally hairless. The hairless, highly branched stem grows up to 3 feet in height, creating a globular shaped plant.
This plant can be found in piles against fences when broken loose by heavy winds.
Flower Seed Head
The greenish flowers occur in small auxiliary clusters on rigid bracts, twice the length of the flowers.
The small, black, lens shaped seeds are contained in a small bladder like hull. Each seed grows up to 1/16 of an inch in diameter.
This plant can be found in cultivated and fallow lands.
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval