creeping amaranth, mat amaranth, matweed, matweed amaranth, prostrate pigweed, prostratre amaranth
Etymology: Amaranthus: from the Greek amarantos for "unfading," referring to the long-lasting flowers
Plants: sprawling, annual, 2"-24" tall forb; smooth, branched stems
Leaves: notched, paddle-shaped, widest near the tip, smooth, pale green and often reddish at the base
Flowers: green, 3-5-parted, tiny; inflorescence of short, dense clusters from the leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: sun; disturbed sites; in well drained soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = NI USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc.