Amaranthus hypochondriacus

Amaranthus hypochondriacus is an ornamental plant commonly known as Prince-of-Wales feather[2] or prince's-feather.[3][4] Originally endemic to Mexico, it is called quelite, blero[5] and quintonil in Spanish.[6][7]

Amaranthus hypochondriacus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
A. hypochondriacus
Binomial name
Amaranthus hypochondriacus

In Africa and El Salvador, like many other species in the family Amaranthaceae, it is valued as source of food.[8]

In temperate regions it is cultivated as a half-hardy annual. Numerous cultivars have been selected, of which 'Green Thumb'[9] and 'Pygmy Torch'[10] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".
  2. ^ "Amaranthus hypochondriacus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ Phillips, Edward (1720). The New World of Words. 7th ed.
  5. ^ "Cultivos andinos: Introducción". FAO: Oficina Regional de para América Latina y el Caribe. Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  6. ^ "Semillas de Amaranto". UNAM: Colección Etnobotánica. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  7. ^ "El amaranto". University of Guadalajara: Centro Universitario de Biológicas y Afropecuarias. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  8. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.
  9. ^ "Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Green Thumb'". RHS. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Pygmy Torch'". RHS. Retrieved 19 March 2020.

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