Also Known as: Showy amaranth ,Hot Bisquit, Halon, Pigweed, King Seed, 'Marvel Bronze'
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Amaranthus can be upright or spreading annuals or short-lived perennials, with simple leaves and tiny flowers borne in dense, erect or pendulous, catkin-like inflorescences in summer and autumn. 'Marvel Bronze' has an upright habit with flower spikes and leaves in shades of crimson and dark red. Nutritionally, leaves are an excellent source of protein. The plant is a good source of minerals, such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and carotenoids.
In Ayurveda, leaf decoction used for chest afflictions and gastroenteritis; seeds applied to sores. . Seeds and leaves use as astringent for stopping diarrhea, bloody stools, hematuria, and excessive menstruation. In traditional and folk medicine, it is used for respiratory infections, vision defects, tuberculosis, fleshy tumors, liver problems and inflammations. It is generally taken as a decoction from the leaves
In Magick, Amaranth is sacred to Huitzilopochtli, an Aztec Sun God and is a suitable offering to Artemis and Demeter. It is said that the dried amaranth flowers have been used to call forth the dead. Amaranth is used in spells to repair a broken heart. It is also associated with immortality and is used to decorate images of gods and goddesses as well as in Pagan funeral ceremonies.
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