Fringed Amaranth

Common Names:
Fringed Amaranth, Fringed Pigweed
Scientific name:
Amaranthus fimbriatus
Amaranthus fimbriatus var. fimbriatus
Elevation range:
400-5,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
August, September, October, November
Height | Length:
1 - 3 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Pollinator or food source for:
Attracts butterflies
Ancestral Usage:
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Fringed Amaranth in the desert

Amaranthus fimbriatus is an annual plant which has an erect stem of densely packed pink flowers. Long linear leaves are scattered along the stem, jutting out at haphazard angles. Box Canyon, CA | Dec 2013

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Fringed Amaranth in the desert

Closeup view of Amaranthus fimbriatus inflorescence.  Pipes Canyon, CA | October 2015

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Fringed Amaranth in the desert

Amaranthus fimbriatus was a major food source for Native Americans. It blooms in summer when many other sources of plant nutrition has expired.  Water Canyon, Pioneertown, CA | October 2015