tumble pigweed plant

Tumble pigweed – Amaranthus albus

Amaranthus albus L.

Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)

Life cycle

Bushy-branched summer annual. 


Alternate, oval- to spatula-shaped, light green leaves have wavy margins and notched leaf tips. 


Mostly erect and usually hairless, pale green to whitish stems with multiple branches create a bushy appearance. Stems, up to 4 feet tall, break off at the soil surface when mature and tumble with the wind. 

Flowers and fruit

Small, greenish flowers are found in dense clusters in the leaf axils. Flowers have long bracts two to four times the length of the sepals and yield small, round, shiny black seeds. 



Tumble pigweed stem
Tumble pigweed stem
Tumble pigweed flowers
Tumble pigweed flowers
Tumble pigweed leaf
Tumble pigweed leaf
Tumble pigweed seedling
Tumble pigweed seedling

Tags: annual, msu plant & pest diagnostics, summer annual

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