Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)
(Chenopodium berlandiera) A relative of Lamb's Quarters and Quinoa, it initially has pink-hued seeds and foliage with stunning green and hot pink striped branches and stems. It is extremely drought resistant and can be dry farmed!. Used for its edible green leaves, seed heads, and stems when young. It is used for grain and seed when mature. This ancient crop was originally used to make tortillas before corn. When allowed to fully grow, it can reach 4-6 ft tall with seed heads at the end of each branch. This gorgeous ornamental also lacks the bitter saponins that quinoa contains and gets mostly ignored by local wildlife. Easy to grow, prolific seed production, delicious seeds and leaves, and uniquely beautiful.