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Amaranthus cruentus (Prince's feather, Purple amaranth, Red amaranth)

Amaranthus cruentus Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Botanical Name: Amaranthus cruentus am-ah-RAN-thus kru-EN-tus Common Name: Prince's feather, Purple amaranth, Red amaranth Genus: Amaranthus
Amaranthus cruentus makes a striking statement in beds or borders. Growing to 6 feet in height, it bears somewhat fuzzy-looking spires of purplish red flowers in summer, followed by seed heads that can be red, purple, or yellow. It is native to tropical regions of North and South America, and is one of three Amaranthus species cultivated for their grain.
Noteworthy characteristics: Tall tropical with large plumes of purple-red flowers.
Care: Full sun. Moderately fertile, moist soil with lots of organic matter. During dry spells, water freely to prolong flowering.
Propagation: Sow seed at 68°F in mid-spring.
Problems: White rust, brown rust, Cercospora leaf spot, and Phyllosticta leaf spot can affect foliage, and root rot can also be a problem. Amaranthus are also prone to aster yellows, viruses, and aphids.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Fall; Summer
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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