AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS SEEDS GREEN EDIBLE DYES MEDICINAL HERB $2.30

AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE SLENDER AMARANTH! USED IN JAMAICA, THE MALDIVES, INDIA AND OTHER CULTURES FOR FOOD AND MEDICINES!

Description
Edible leaves, it is cooked as a spinach substitute. The leafy stems and flower clusters are similarly used. Seed is very small, about 1mm in diameter, but it is easy to harvest and very nutritious. The seed can be cooked whole, and becomes very gelatinous like this, but it is rather difficult to crush all of the small seeds in the mouth and thus some of the seed will pass right through the digestive system without being assimilated.

Medicinal plant, a decoction of the entire plant is used to stop dysentery and inflammation. The plant is emollient and vermifuge. The root juice is used to treat inflammation during urination. It is also taken to treat constipation. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Yellow and green dyes can also be obtained from the whole plant!

Grow Notes
Growing to 30 to 60 cm high from seeds each year. The stems are slender with leaves being broad near their base and narrow near the top. Plant in free draining rich, moist soil in sun for the best flowers. Preparing garden beds with well composted manure will give the best results.

Amaranthus seeds can be either sown in pots or directly where they are to flower. They are susceptible to frost so be sure to sow only after the last chance of frost has past and the soil has warmed a little.

Mulch plants to keep the shallow roots cool in summer. For an extra-long flowering season, remove spent blooms and feed with liquid fertiliser.

Sow
Small seeds, sow at a depth of 3mm or mix with fine grains of sand if needed to aid distribution of seeds. Can be sown direct or raised as seedlings.

Plant in Spring and early Summer at 30cm spacing.
Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells.

Germination
7-10 days @ 20-25°C

Maturity
105 days to Maturity.

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Seed Count: 30
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