Is this a weed?

This plant is quite tall, with big green-purplish leaves and long red inflorescence, which resembles a brush or even a broom 🙂  Is it actually a garden flower or just a weed? Please, help me to identify this plant.

Plant with purple leaves and red inflorescence

Doctor Asked on August 29, 2016 in Gardening.
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    Looks like a species of Amaranthaceae family. Some kind of Amaranth.

    Doctor Answered on August 30, 2016.
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    I think it is Amaranthus cruentus, definitely a garden plant and one you could eat. In Mexico, it is called huautli  and alegría and in English it has several common names, including Blood amaranth, Red amaranth, Purple amaranth, Prince’s feather, and Mexican grain amaranth.

    Weed = plant where it is unwanted. This one looks pretty! I’d say not a weed 🙂

    Vice Professor Answered on September 3, 2016.
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    We have posted an article here on Snaplant about edible Amaranthus species. Check it out. It’s an interesting plant. In a 1977 article in Science, amaranth was described as “the crop of the future.”

    Professor Answered on September 3, 2016.
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