Amaranth is a plant which belongs to the Amaranthus genus.
Large flower heads on tall, structural plants. Great for screening, cutting and mixed borders.
Depending upon the cultivar, leaves vary in colour from yellow-green, medium green, dark green, to bronzish green and dark red; the erect flower panicles vary from creamy white to blood red.
This species is cultivated for its edible seed in parts of South America and Asia. The leaves can be used as a spinach. See ‘Plants For a Future’ entry on Amaranthus cruentus 1
May be Winter Sown.
Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Boston University Red. Leaves appear approximately as a Ao green
Amaranth grows as an annual and is a flowering ornamental / herb. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.
Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.90 feet (1.20 metres). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
As Amaranth is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.
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Half hardy annual, will easily self seed
A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.0 as Amaranth is a weakly acidic soil - neutral soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Amaranth is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
See our list of companion Plants for Amaranth to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Surface sow in spring using pots or modules. Cover lightly with vermiculite or perlite and place under protection at 15C. The seeds need light to germinate.
Germination only takes a few days, then pot onto individual pots with plenty of air circulation to prevent damping off
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Amaranth about 49 days before your last frost date .
Plant in a fertile well drained sunny position.Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 15°C / 59°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Amaranth is a tender plant.
These estimates for how long Amaranth takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 5 days | Min 2 days | Max 21 days (14)
Average 27 days | Min 17 days | Max 79 days (2)
Average days | Min days | Max days (0)
Our when to plant Amaranth estimates are relative to your last frost date.
The botanical epithet is from the Latin cruentus meaning “bloody”
Red amaranth, Purple amaranth, Mexican grain amaranth, Love-lies-bleeding, Tassel Flower
Amaranthus cruentus L.
1 Plants For A Future entry on Amaranthus cruentus: http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Amaranthus+cruentus
4 List of diseases and problems:http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/amaranthus-cruentus-princes-feather-purple-amaranth.aspx