Amaranthus caudatus, A. cruentus, A. hybridus, A. tricolor, A. gangeticus
PONY TAILS MIXED Amaranthus Amaranthus caudatus
A blend of Green Tails and Love-lies-bleeding amaranthus create a pleasing color contrast. Vigorous 3-5´ tall plants produce pendent, swinging, bright-red and green tassels in summer and fall. Pony Tails Mixed amaranthus make great cut flowers, fresh or dried.
CARNIVAL Amaranthus Amaranthus gangeticus
Get ready; the Carnival amaranthus show gets more and more uproarious as the season progresses. Early summer brings bronze and green foliage that morphs into warmer and brighter shades of yellow, orange, and pink, finishing the show with tall purple spiked flowers late summer into autumn. With some early season pruning, Carnival amaranthus plants grow round and bushy, to 3-4´ tall; left alone, Carnival will grow more columnar, reaching 5´ or even taller.
HOT BISCUITS AmaranthusAmaranthus cruentus
Fast-growing, 4-5´ tall plants produce gorgeous, 2´ cinnamon-orange plumes over a long summer and fall season. An outstanding cut flower, Hot Biscuits amaranthus adds spice to autumn bouquets. Easy to grow.
LOVE-LIES-BLEEDING Amaranthus Amaranthus caudatus
This stunning accent plant is ideal for beds, borders or containers. Grows 3-5´ tall and producing rope-like bright red tassels over a long summer and fall season. Flowers are excellent for cutting or drying, the foliage is edible and highly nutritious. Packet is 3.5 grams, about 5,000 seeds.
GREEN TAILS AmaranthusAmaranthus caudatus 'Viridis'
Very similar to Love-lies-bleeding, but with drooping lime-green tassels which are superb cut or dried. Grows 3-5´ tall. Packet is 3.5 grams, about 5,000 seeds.
TOWERS MIX AmaranthusAmaranthus cruentus
Highly uniform, 40-48″ tall plants produce a dramatic, colorful mix of chartreuse and red flower spikes which combine beautifully with other flowers in mixed bouquets.
ILLUMINATION AmaranthusAmaranthus tricolor
Stunning crimson and golden orange foliage tops sturdy columns of bright green leaves. These fast growing annuals reach 4´ tall. The leaves are edible and are excellent for cutting. Often referred to as "summer poinsettia."
PERFECTA AmaranthusAmaranthus tricolor
Perfecta amaranthus plants are topped in gorgeous scarlet and yellow leaves, the reverses are chocolate-brown, yellow and green. Grows to 4-5´ tall and is at home at the back of borders or planted among shrubs. 2 grams is about 3,000 seeds.
MOLTEN FIRE AmaranthusAmaranthus tricolor
Glowing crimson-maroon foliage on stunning, fast growing 3-4´ tall plants. The leaves are edible and are excellent for cutting.
GREEN THUMB AmaranthusAmaranthus hypochondriacus
Long lasting emerald green spikes on well-branched, 18″ tall annuals. They are excellent planted in borders and are superb for cutting.
How to Plant Amaranthus Seeds
Direct sow amaranthus seeds into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost (and the soil has fully warmed) in groups of 4 seeds spaced 18-24″ apart. Thin to the strongest plant. Or, scatter seed over ground that has had the top 1″ of soil loosened. Rake seed in lightly, walk over area to firm soil. Keep moist until germination. Amaranthus seed is easy to germinate provided the soil is warm. Seed can also be started indoors in cell packs or 2″ containers. Kept at 65-75°F., germination is in 10-21 days.
Amaranthus care and notes: Full or part sun. Plants tolerate high heat, and any soil as long as drainage is good. Amaranthus will grow faster, produce more flowers with regular water; will tolerate some drought once established. Seed heads attract birds.