Flowers & Ground Cover

Amaranth, Red Garnet (Amranthus tricolor) - 250 Seeds

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Red Garnet Amaranth (Amranthus tricolor) - 250 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Perennial
•USDA Zones: 2-11

Description:
Beautiful dark red/fuchsia blooms top large plants that can reach up to 10 feet tall! Beyond its aesthetic qualities, young leaves can be used for greens, and flower heads fill with seeds that can be toasted and eaten as grains. Because of its stunning height, seed-filled flower heads make a great source of food for goldfinches and other birds flying by. In foods, amaranth is used as a cereal grain and makes a wonderfully nutritious micro-green as well! People use the entire plant to make medicine used for ulcers, diarrhea, and swollen mouth and throat. It is also used to treat high cholesterol.


Planting Instructions:
Amaranth germinates when the soil temperature is at least 70°, so gardeners in cool climates will want to start their seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting. Direct sow seeds after the last spring frost. Sow thinly at 1/4" deep in rows 16-18" apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per 10-12" apart. Some gardeners choose a closer spacing if only growing to harvest the greens. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Once established, will tolerate drought, but the greens will be more tender if the soil is kept moist.


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