Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Amaranthus

Amaranthus

* photos taken on July 11 @ Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC


Amaranthus caudatus ( Love-Lies-Bleeding )
An annual, reaching a maximum size of 8 x 3 ( usually half that ) feet.
The large, ovate leaves, up to 10 x 4 inches, are bright green.
The deep red flowers are borne on narrow, rope-like, drooping inflorescences, up to 2 feet in length.
Thriving in full sun in just about any fertile, well drained soil. It should be planted out during spring after the threat of frost has passed.

Amaranthus hybridus ( Green Amaranth )
An annual, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 2 feet.
The foliage is bronzy-green to green.
The deep red flowers are borne on erect inflorescences during summer.
Thriving in full sun in just about any fertile, well drained soil. It should be planted out during spring after the threat of frost has passed.

var 'erythrostachys'
Deep red-purple foliage and deep red flowers borne on brush-like inflorescences, up to 6 inches in length.

* photo taken on Aug 2 2013 in Stratford, Ontario

Amaranthus tricolor ( Joseph's Coat )
A bushy annual, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 2.5 feet
The leaves are bronze, red, yellow or green, usually most intense colored towards the growing tips. The leaves are large, up to 12 x 4 inches in size.
The flowers are small and usually removed.
Thriving in full sun in just about any fertile, well drained soil. It should be planted out during spring after the threat of frost has passed.

* photos taken on July 31 2011 in Hyde Park, NY



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