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Amaranthus cruentus
Synonyms: A. hybridus cruentus; A. paniculatus

Common Name(s): Purple amaranth; amaranth
Family: Amaranthaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Invasiveness: Weed
Growing Days: 120 to 180 (days)
Abs.Max=45° (C)    Opt.Max=28° (C)
Opt.Min=22° (C)    Abs.Min=10° (C)
Precipitation: 50 to 240 (cm.)
Winter Minimum: 4° (C)
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7
Soil Texture/Type: Loamy or loamy sand textures
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day, short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright
Prefers soils with high fertility soils and medium depth. Fair salinity and good drought tolerances.
Food - vegetable, Weed - possible seed contam., Environ. - ornamental, Food - pseudo cereal
Tropical-rainy, subtropical
Geographical Origin:
Mexico, Mesoamerica
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