Jan. 30, 2018

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Amaranths sometimes hybridize.  When I saw this tall one, it didn't seem to check out as any species.  I decided it was probably a hybrid.  But ultimately I learned that mat amaranth doesn't always grow in mats.  Apparently it's not completely reconciled to hugging the dirt in barren places where the wind can reach the ground.  I wonder if it only sends up taller stems when it's crowded by other wind-blocking plants?  If so, it's pretty smart!