Amaranthus hypochondriacus

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Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.

Amaranthaceae

Life form: annual or biennial
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: not specified

61C / b71f53 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Amaranthus hypochondriacus, commonly known as prince's feather, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Amaranthus hypochondriacus was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Amaranthus hypochondriacus is a species in the genus Amaranthus which contains approximately 112 to 193 species and belongs to the family of the Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants are comparatively long-lived and reach heights of 90 to 120 centimetres.

Leaves

Amaranthus hypochondriacus is deciduous. The light-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are lanceolate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Amaranthus hypochondriacus produces dark-pink flowers from July to September.


Root System

Distribution

Amaranthus hypochondriacus is native to North America and is naturalized in Europe, China and India.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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