Flower spikes green to purplish, mostly axillary. Perianth segments of female flowers 1-4. Mostly grown for the variously coloured leaves (narrow in var. salicifolia and red in 'Splendens'). Sometimes used a a leaf vegetable. [A. gangeticus L.] Cultivars may be banded with yellow and green.
Source: (1997). Amaranthaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.