Amaranth 'Autumn Palette'
1600 seeds $2.50
Autumn Palette amaranth is a mix of tall, vigorous plants with flowering plumes in a wide range of colors from pale green through creamy tan to orange-brown. It makes an impression when massed in a large grouping.
Amaranth 'Autumn Palette' begins blooming relatively early, and the flowers gradually deepen in color as autumn nears.
With its large heads and plentiful seeds, Amaranth 'Autumn Palette' is a good variety for growing as a cereal grain.
Amaranth is a tall annual plant with large panicles of tiny flowers. In the fall, it produces edible seeds. Easy to grow.
Sowing Amaranth Seeds
Sow amaranth seeds outdoors close to the last frost date. Or start indoors 4 weeks early. Barely cover with soil. Thin to 15" apart. Full sun.
Amaranth 'Golden Giant'
1600 seeds $2.50
Golden Giant amaranth is a nutritious grain - high in protein and gluten-free. It's also an attractive ornamental. The large plumes of golden-brown flowers bloom from mid summer to fall, and the ripening seeds attract flocks of birds.
Amaranth 'Golden Giant' is a heavy producer of delicious, white seeds. This is probably the best amaranth for grain production for home gardeners.
Also known as Amaranthus hypochondriacus. 98-110 days to maturity.
Amaranth 'Hopi Red Dye'
(Amaranthus cruentus x powellii)
1200 seeds $2.50
Hopi Red Dye amaranth is a beautiful annual with dark, purplish-red leaves and burgundy-red flowers. It looks terrific at the back of the border. Pictures can't do justice to this wonderful plant.
Amaranth 'Hopi Red Dye' is a famous heirloom. It has shiny black seeds that can be cooked for cereal or ground into a gluten-free flour. The tender, young leaves of this variety are my favorite for adding to soups.
110 days to maturity.
Amaranth 'Love Lies Bleeding'
2400 seeds $2.00
photo by Kathy Rinke
Love Lies Bleeding amaranth is an unusual heirloom plant with long, drooping strands of burgundy-red flowers in late summer. Also called tassel flower. Amaranth 'Love Lies Bleeding' gives the garden a touch of the exotic or the old-fashioned, depending on what it's combined with. It also makes an interesting container plant or cut flower.
Amaranthus caudatus produces edible leaves for soups and salads. The seeds make a delicious cooked cereal.
Amaranth 'Molten Fire'
300 seeds $2.50
Molten Fire amaranth is a stunning selection with crimson-maroon, bicolor foliage. It is both beautiful and nutritious, since the young leaves are edible. Amaranth 'Molten Fire' only reaches 3-4' in height, making it a good choice for a small garden. It can also be grown in a large container. It looks particularly nice in mass plantings or as a hedge.
Amaranthus tricolor 'Molten Fire' is related to the poinsettia. It tolerates heat and humidity, and it prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Also known as Summer Poinsettia, Amaranthus 'Molten Fire', Amaranth 'Early Splendor', Amaranthus tricolour 'Early Splendour' and Amaranthus gangeticus.