Prince’s Feather

Amaranth is cultivated as leaf vegetables, cereals and ornamental plants. Genus is Amaranthus. Amaranth seeds are rich source of proteins and amino acids. Also known as thotakura in India

Amaranthus hypochondriacus

Amaranthus hypochondriacus
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Scientific classification edit
A. hypochondriacus
Binomial name
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
    • Amaranthus anardana Buch.-Ham. ex Moq.
    • Amaranthus atrosanguineus Moq.
    • Amaranthus aureus Besser
    • Amaranthus bernhardii Moq.
    • Amaranthus flavus L.
    • Amaranthus frumentaceus Buch.-Ham. ex Roxb.
    • Amaranthus hybridus Vell. nom. illeg.
    • Amaranthus hybridus var. erythrostachys Moq.
    • Amaranthus hybridus f. hypochondriacus (L.) H.Rob.
    • Amaranthus hybridus var. hypochondriacus (L.) H.Rob.
    • Amaranthus hybridus subsp. hypochondriacus (L.) Thell.
    • Amaranthus hybridus var. leucocarpus (S.Watson) Hunz.
    • Amaranthus leucocarpus S.Watson
    • Amaranthus leucospermus S.Watson
    • Amaranthus macrostachyus Mérat ex Moq.
    • Amaranthus monstrosus Moq.

Amaranthus hypochondriacus is an ornamental plant commonly known as Prince-of-Wales feather or prince's-feather. Originally endemic to Mexico, it is called quelite, blero and quintonil in Spanish.

In Africa and El Salvador, like many other species in the family Amaranthaceae, it is valued as source of food. The leaves and seeds are very nutritious and have a mild flavor. The seeds also contain phenolic compounds.

In temperate regions it is cultivated as a half-hardy annual. Numerous cultivars have been selected, of which 'Green Thumb' and 'Pygmy Torch' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. It grows best in well-drained soils in full sun, and is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 3-10. It may be susceptible to aphids.

A. hypochondriacus is a vigorous, upright plant that typically reaches 40-200 centimeters tall. It is often grown for its flowers, which appear in dense, catkin-like inflorescences in the summer and autumn. They are usually deep purplish-red, but may be yellow-green. These give way to dry fruits, about 1.5-3 millimeters long, that split open when ripe. The fruits contain smooth, shiny seeds that may be sublogobose to lenticular, either whitish-pink or dark reddish-brown to black, and 1-1.4 millimeters in diameter. The leaves are simple and alternately arranged, with entire margins. They are rhombic-ovate to broadly lanceolate in shape, about 4-12 centimeters long and 2-7 centimeters wide, borne on long peduncles.

Prince's Feather (Wiktionary)



prince's feather

  1. Amaranthus hypochondriacus, an ornamental plant.
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