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“Magenta Orach”

Description from Dill: I'm growing a new green in my garden this year, magenta orach. (Okay, my auto-correct just changed that to "roach"… um, no, *not* what I'm growing!) Apparently it's related to quinoa and amaranth. Anyway, it's very tasty, but the coolest thing is its color. It's mostly green, but the baby leaves at the tips of each branch are a hot, hot magenta!


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  1. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely combo!

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    SilverCords aka Judy says:

    I love the colors and materials in this pick! We have a large garden but I don’t ever recall hearing about magenta orach. Did you get it from a local store or a seed catalog? I will definitely research as this sounds like something good!

  3. Dill
    Dill says:

    Hi Judy – I get most of my seeds from two online stores, 1) Seeds Savers Exchange (which is a non-profit organization that sells and preserves heirloom seeds), and 2) Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (which also has cool things about it – worker-owned, lots of organic and heirloom seeds).

    The amazing thing about the orach – I went away for two weeks, and when I came back, it was around 4 feet tall!!! If you harvest it often, it doesn’t get nearly that big. But it’s really tasty (kind of like mild spinach), grows well, is hardy, doesn’t bolt easily and tolerates heat well, and lasts a long time after you pick it. I’d say it’s a perfect green!

    Here’s the link to the seeds:

    Mine doesn’t look like that, though. It’s green except for the new small leaves, and the magenta is much hotter and brighter than in this photo. I only end up picking the small leaves, anyway, since it’s growing so well. Let me know if you like it, if you end up giving it a try!!

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    It sounds delicious Dill, just like your pick!

  5. Lady425 aka Beth
    Lady425 aka Beth says:

    Sounds like a beautiful flower – just like your pick!

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this orach inspired pick, fantastic plant :D

  7. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Had to look up orach. Did not have a clue. There was an item about red orach I think. Didn’t check it out. Anyway, great pick.

  8. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Where can you get the plant??? This is a very cool pick. Red and green without a Christmassy look. I like the deeper colors, more jewel-tone.

  9. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Oh,Sorry! I read the comments above and realize you already answered my question. Thanks.:)

  10. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Congrats on your pick being chosen as one of the weekly fave!

  11. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    This is such a strikingly beautiful pick!

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