|AMARANTHUS tricolor - Summer Poinsettia, Joseph’s Coat, Love Lies-Bleeding, Princess Feather|
Amaranthaceae; native to †he Tropics, India, and the Philippines.
Germination: For best results, sow indoors 3 to 4 weeks before planting outdoors. Leave the seeds uncovered, and maintain a temperature of 70-75° F. Or sow outdoors after danger of frost has past, leaving seed uncovered. Indoors or outdoors, germination takes 10-15 days.
Growth: Space seedlings 12-24 inches apart in full sun. Amaranthus grows in any soil, but prefers one that is rich and well-drained. Water sparingly –– once established, the plants will not tolerate wet soil. Indoors, grow on at 65° F nights and 80-85° F days, in full light and moist, well-drained soil.
Appearance and Use: Brightly colored plants, 2-6 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide, may require staking. Tiny, insignificant flowers may be erect or drooping in tassel-like spikes of red or purple, blooming from midsummer till frost. Colorful foliage plants are used for barriers, borders, beds, or houseplants. The foliage may be dried; A. tricolor is sometimes eaten as Tampala.A. cruentus. Tan and cinnamon-colored foliage.A. tricolor. Red, green, and yellow foliage.A. caudatus. Red foliage.
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"Plants vary in their heat stress tolerance, not only from species to species, but also from cultivar to cultivar. In addition, unusual seasons-fewer or more hot days than normal-will invariably affect results in your garden, as will extremely dry or humid conditions," Dr. H. Marc Cathey, with Linda Bellamy, Heat-zone Gardening, How to choose plants that thrive in your region’s warmest weather.