Amaranth 'Autumn Palette'
1600 seeds $2.50
Amaranth 'Autumn Palette' 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.
Autumn Palette amaranth 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
Amaranth 'Golden Giant' 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.
Golden Giant amaranth 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
Amaranth 'Hopi Red Dye' 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. Hopi Red Dye amaranth 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
Amaranth 'Love Lies Bleeding' is an unusual heirloom plant with long, drooping strands of burgundy-red flowers in late summer. Also called tassel flower. Love Lies Bleeding amaranth 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'
400 seeds $2.50
Amaranth 'Molten Fire' is a stunning selection with crimson-maroon, bicolor foliage. It is both beautiful and nutritious with edible young leaves.
Molten Fire amaranth is relatively short, which helps it to fit into most gardens. 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, Amaranth 'Early Splendor', Amaranthus tricolour 'Early Splendour' and Amaranthus gangeticus.
Amaranth 'Pygmy Torch' is a dwarf variety with erect spikes of crimson-burgundy flowers. The bicolor green and burgundy leaves are attractive in salads. The edible seeds are black and brown. Pygmy Torch amaranth is very short and compact, making it a good choice for containers and small gardens. It's nice for cutting.
Also known as Prince's Feather and Prince-of-Wales Feather.
Amaranth 'Pygmy Torch'
500 seeds $2.50