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Amaranthus

Scientific Name : The scientific name of the amaranth flower is Amaranthus caudatus. 

Planting: Whether using transplants or direct sowing, ensure the seeds are placed in well-draining soil in a sunny spot. Keep them warm if starting indoors.  Amaranthus should be spaced approximately 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) apart. This spacing allows for optimal growth and airflow around the plants, reducing the risk of fungal diseases and allowing the branching tendrils their space. When fully mature Amaranthus can reach height up to 91-122cm / 36-48 inches . 

Days to maturity: 90 - 100

Sun Preference: Amaranthus thrives in full sun and well-drained soil that doesn’t get too dry. For ornamental varieties, plant them at the back of a border or in containers. For edible varieties, grow them in an edible garden or raised beds, just keep them away from kudu as they love a chomp on these.

Plant Type: Annual

Appearance :  Amaranthus flowers typically have long, erect spikes that can range in height from a few inches to several feet tall, depending on the species. The flowers are densely packed along these spikes, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display. One of the most distinctive features of Amaranthus flowers is their bright and vivid colours. These flowers come in shades of red, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and even green. Some varieties may have multicoloured blooms or variegated leaves, adding to their visual appeal.

Harvesting: : Harvest upright varieties when the seed heads are three-quarters open. Harvest cascading varieties when the tassels begin to elongate. Remove spikes so tassels are more visible. 

Vase Life:. Vase life can be expected to be 7-10 days.

Special Features :  Various parts of the amaranth plant are edible, including the leaves and seeds. The leaves can be consumed fresh or cooked like spinach, while the seeds are used in foods such as bread, pasta, and porridge. Both the leaves and seeds of amaranth are highly nutritious. They are rich in dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and protein, making them valuable additions to a healthy diet. Amaranth plants are known for their adaptability to different growing conditions. They can thrive in various environments and are relatively easy to grow and harvest

Design feature: I love using these tendrils as line flowers. They are also great and shaping your arrangement as a textural base layer.

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