This plant keeps Monsanto up at night…Redroot pigweed(Amaranthus retroflexus).It is an annual reproducing by seeds with 100,000-200,000 per plant and remain dormant for 40 years!They prefer rich cultivated soil but thrive in waste places as well-shocker!Some plants turn into tumbleweeds when they break off at the base.They can be poisonous to cattle as they accumulate too much nitrites.Now briefly back to Monsanto.Plants like our Pigweed have grown resistant to glyphosate(Roundup) through the heavy use to kill weeds in our cash crops thus creating “superweeds”.Now for the rest of the news.This weed is edible!Look out for the sharp spines.According to the “Edible Wild Plants Guide”-US Army-the young plants or the growing tips of older plants make a good veggie.A little more research here might be a good idea.These weeds continue to amaze us!

wpid-wp-1405731686957.jpegwpid-wp-1405731643876.jpeg

Advertisements

One thought on “This plant keeps Monsanto up at night…Redroot pigweed(Amaranthus retroflexus).It is an annual reproducing by seeds with 100,000-200,000 per plant and remain dormant for 40 years!They prefer rich cultivated soil but thrive in waste places as well-shocker!Some plants turn into tumbleweeds when they break off at the base.They can be poisonous to cattle as they accumulate too much nitrites.Now briefly back to Monsanto.Plants like our Pigweed have grown resistant to glyphosate(Roundup) through the heavy use to kill weeds in our cash crops thus creating “superweeds”.Now for the rest of the news.This weed is edible!Look out for the sharp spines.According to the “Edible Wild Plants Guide”-US Army-the young plants or the growing tips of older plants make a good veggie.A little more research here might be a good idea.These weeds continue to amaze us!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s