These majestic plants make a lovely backdrop in the flower garden and a bold statement in flower arrangements. A major crop of the Aztecs, beige seeds follow the dramatic, burgundy plumes in about 105 days; very high in protein and other nutrients. Cook like rice for a side dish or pop like popcorn! Leave the seeds on and watch the birds flock to your yard. Very young leaves are delectable for salads and steaming.
• Botanical Name: Amaranthus hypochondriacus
• Family: Amaranthaceae
• Native: Probable origin North America
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' tall, 18"–24" wide
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer to fall
• Attributes: Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is 65°–75°F.
• When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
• Days to Emerge: 3–10 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18"
• Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 18"