Purple-tinged foliage and eggplant plurple flower spikes make a striking back of border show. A long-blooming selection that is beautiful as well as useful, as young plants can be harvested as salad greens and nutritious seeds can be eaten by people and birds. Self-sows.
Because amaranth grows large so quickly it isn’t easily grown as greenhouse starts, but we sow ours late and offer them for a limited time!
Can be used as trap plants to attract cucumber beetles away from cucumber plants. Research and home gardener observations indicate that the beetles seem to prefer Amaranth, and despite being skeletonized and covered with cucumber beetles plants will continue growing their long red ropes.