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Amaranthus

Amaranthus tricolor (Amaranthus ‘Early Splendor’)

 

Life: Annual

 

 

Size: 30″

 

 

Light: Full Sun

 

 

Water: Moderate, with Good Drainage

 

 

Soil: Mostly Sand to Clay Loam

 

The leaves are a wonderful, deep bronze color with brilliant red tops, good for use in floral arrangements, and are actually edible – provided you can bring yourself to cut this beauty! It thrives in Texas’s heat and humidity, provided the soil is well-drained, and loves good air circulation, so give it some space. The dramatic colors are best displayed in mass plantings. It will grow nearly straight up and will provide its splendid colors from spring until frost.

Amaranthus tricolor (Amaranthus ‘Illumination’)

 

Life: Annual

 

 

Size: 48″

 

 

Light: Full Sun

 

 

Water: Moderate, with Good Drainage

 

 

Soil: Mostly Sand to Clay Loam

 

The leaves are a wonderful, olive green color with fiery, golden-orange tops, good for use in floral arrangements, and are actually edible – provided you can bring yourself to cut this beauty! It thrives in Texas’s heat and humidity, provided the soil is well-drained, and loves good air circulation, so give it some space. The dramatic colors are best displayed in mass plantings. It will grow nearly straight up and will provide its splendid colors from spring until frost.

Amaranthus tricolor (Amaranthus ‘Perfecta’)

 

Life: Annual

 

 

Size: 4′ tall, 12-18″ wide

 

 

Light: Full Sun

 

 

Water: Moderate, with Good Drainage, Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Mostly Sand to Clay Loam

 

Sometimes refered to as the “Summer Poinsettia” for its colorful foliage. The upper leaves are a bright splash of scarlet and yellow over deeper leaves of green and chocolate brown; no two plants are alike. A very vigorous grower, it shoots up in a straight, columnar habit, making it perfect for the back of a border or as a mass planting. It is also quite tollerant of water requirements, being able to withstand both droughts and damp, but not soggy, soil.