Amaranth is a well-known plant with many varieties and hybrids, as it is an easy plant to cross. These plants can grow to be quite tall and will look their best when grown closely with other varieties.
A tropical plant originating in Peru, India, and Africa, Amaranth has become a popular plant worldwide for its beautiful flowers. Amaranth is easy to identify with its large stalks and brightly colored flowers, ranging from reds, purples and white. They generally bloom during the summer, fall, and winter months. These plants can grow from 3-8 feet (.91-2.4 m) and display beautifully when in full bloom.
These plants are plentiful bloomers and can produce hundreds of seeds from one plant! Many native tribes in tropical locations depend on the Amaranth for its seeds and leaves for dietary purposes. They are related to Spinach and may be an alternative crop plant in the future.