A beautiful ornamental herb with rich maroon colored leaves and long cascading flower bracts, producing a beautiful red dye.
A beautiful ornamental herb with rich maroon colored leaves and long cascading flower bracts. The aerial parts of Hopi-Red-Dye Amaranth produce a beautiful red dye.
The seeds are edible and nutritious and can replace poppy seeds in recipes. Amaranth is also a food source for birds, making it a very versatile herb to grow.
A simple way to collect the seeds is to hang the flower stalks upside down over a sheet. As the seeds after ripen, they can easily be shaken out onto the sheet to collect.
Flowers can be dried and used as an everlasting craft as well.
- Scientific Plant Name: Amaranthus cruentus x A. powellii
- Plant Type: Annual
- Height @ Maturity: 3 - 6'
- Seeds per Packet: ~100
- Plant outdoors in spring after danger of frost, or indoors 6 weeks before last frost.
- Barely cover with fine soil, pressing firmly.
- Be sure to keep moist or cover with clear plastic to retain moisture.
- Amaranth tends to self sow.