Common name: Lambsquarters
Mature Lambsquarters with seeds
U.S. Distribution: Throughout
Height: Up to 5 ft.
Foliage: Alternate, simple, ovate to lanceolate; white coating on underside
Flowers: Small, green arranged in spike inflorescences
Bloom time: June- September
Habitat: Gardens and cultivated fields, especially grain fields
Soil: Sandy or alkaline soils
Other: Leaves are edible and contain more iron, protein and Vitamin
B12 than spinach. A valued vegetable crop in early Europe until spinach
was introduced from Asia in the 16th century. A related species, C.
quinoa is a major crop in South America and is harvested for its seeds.
Lambsquarters is also in the same family as chard and beets.
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