Dec. 22, 2017

water hemp, Amaranthus tuberculatus

Amaranths are not particularly attractive, and don't get much attention from wildflower fans. They get more from farmers, who consider some of them noxious weeds. But they deserve better. These wind pollinated plants produce prodigious amounts of seed. They are one of the most important food sources for songbirds. Unlike most amaranths, water hemp has the male and female flowers on separate plants. This image shows female flowers. It is a common plant in wetlands in the United States, growing in every state except AK, AZ, FL, HI, MT, NV, OR, UT, VA, and WY. It's also in MB, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 8/18/12.