Herb latin name: Amaranthus polystachyus
Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family, Pigweed Family)
Description of the plant:
Medicinal use of Amaranthus polystachyus:None known
Known hazards of Amaranthus polystachyus:No members of this genus are known to be poisonous, but when grown on nitrogen-rich soils they are known to concentrate nitrates in the leaves. This is especially noticeable on land where chemical fertilizers are used. Nitrates are implicated in stomach cancers, blue babies and some other health problems. It is inadvisable, therefore, to eat this plant if it is grown inorganically.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.