Common Amaranth - Amaranthus retroflexus

    Alt Name

    Short to tall erect rather greyish plant, hairy above. Leaves oval stalked. Flowers in a short dense spike.

    Similar Species

    There are many other alien species of Amaranthus.  Identification is extremely difficult. 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Refer to key in Stace (4th edn.)

    Recording advice

    Only possible to identify from a specimen collected late in the year. 

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Waste and cultivated land.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    A scarce plant with most British records coming from England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire & Rutland - this is only the 7th record. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 2 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map