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Goosefoot Leaves Red Underneath?

Posted by at_walker 3 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 4, 08 at 21:19

Every reference I have seen to goosefoot - specifically lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) - refers to the underside of the leaves being "whitish".

I have many plants in my garden that appear to be lambsquarters. The leaf shape is distinct, isn't it? Lobed except near the tip? I have field guides and have checked some Web sources and the leaf shape looks like a match.

However, when the leaf is turned over to expose the underside, "whitish" is not the first word that comes to mind. "Red" is. Maybe a whitish haze over the red, but most definitely, these leaves are green on top and red underneath.

It is early in the season (July 4, 2008). Perhaps this is a feature that fades with maturity? Am I looking at Lambsquarters or something else?

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RE: Goosefoot Leaves Red Underneath?

I have seen a LOT of Lambsquarters in my yard (I finally started eating them and they are way better than spinach!) and yes, I frequently see a dark red on leaves, ussually toward the stem, and the stems a deep maroon. As I recall, they are usually the smaller plants, so you are probably right about the maturity.

Oops, forgot to mention....'s NOT native, just in case you posted here because you thought it was. A plant that makes itself at home wherever it goes!

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