Would you please identify this plant?

Asked August 20, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

Would you please identify this plant?

Coconino County Arizona

1 Response

I am pretty sure it is redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus). It is a very common weed and since it has thousands of seeds should be pulled before it sets its seeds. It is in the same family as common amaranth, the seeds of which are used in cooking. Some plants in the family have very beautiful flowers and are grown as ornamental plants.