This plant just popped up in my garden, and I drop a lot of amaranth seeds, and it looks similar to amaranth, so Is it amaranth? I have another one in a different garden too. (Ignore the other plants like lettuce, etc.) It grows in North Carolina, United States. enter image description here

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  • can you add your location?
    – kevinskio
    Commented Jul 19, 2021 at 16:44
  • Add it into the question please. Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 13:35
  • I'm guessing it's in the Mint family, whatever it is. It looks similar to a Coleus; it appears to have a square stem. Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 20:53

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I went onto plantnet.org and:

  • First image is 74.79% Salvia hispanica L. or Chia
  • Second image is 42.43% Chia
  • Third image is 47.16% Chia
  • Fourth image is 91.28% Chia

So I think this plant is chia or Salvia hispanica L. Images of Chia:

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  • The photos actually look like amaranth. Did they flower? Amaranth flowers are purple or almost white. Chia flowers have a clear blue colour.
    – Gyrfalcon
    Commented Jul 29, 2022 at 1:24
  • They haven't flowered yet. Last year I thought they were weeds and pulled them up, so this time I also got a few. It makes sense how they came because I might have put chia seeds.
    – Green
    Commented Jul 31, 2022 at 21:56

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