(Amaranthus caudatus) Annual
Huge dark burgundy red plumes look as if an elephant is raising its trunk into the air. Long bloomer that grows to 5′, (152 cm) grabbing attention in the garden. It is also an excellent cut flower. An heirloom that was brought here from Germany in the 1880’s; seeds are edible and can be popped, cooked like a grain or ground into flour. Not only are the seeds edible, but the young leaves are nutritious greens.
Plant outside on surface, lightly press into soil. Width 24-36″ (90 cm) Height 5′, (152 cm) Full sun Average to rich, well drained soil. Approximate days to flower from seed: 70-75 days