Prince's feather

Amaranthus cruentus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Prince's feather (Amaranthus cruentus)
am-ah-RAN-thus kru-EN-tus
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.

Overview

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
Type
Annuals

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