Purple Amaranthus, Red Amaranthus, Summer poinsettia, Chenille Plant
|Grown for their brilliant, often multi-colored, leaves and dense tassels of tiny flowers, use these large-growing annuals as background plants or as a dramatic point of interest. The long-lasting flowers grow in long, erect or pendant clusters in maroon, crimson and various shades of green. Excellent for cutting. Sun- and heat-loving plants are 3 to 5 feet tall with large, lance-shaped leaves, blotched or splashed with scarlet, orange, yellow, purple or bronze. One- to 2-foot-tall varieties are also available. With adequate moisture, tolerates poor soils. If picked when tender, leaves can be cooked like spinach. Seeds have a high protein content, and are eaten like grain. Soil must be above 70º F for seeds to sprout. In areas with long, warm summers, sow in ground. Elsewhere, start early indoors, and transplant after weather is warmer. After flowering, plants transplant poorly. Give plants plenty of room, spacing them about 2 feet apart.
A tall grower with 1-foot-long leaves that needs heat and sun to bloom well.
Attributes - Amaranthus cruentus
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Purple, Red
Height: 4 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 2 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Showy Flowers.