Amaranth, Yellow (Amranthus tricolor) - 100 Seeds
Yellow Amaranth (Amranthus tricolor) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 2-11
Also known as Joseph's Coat or Chinese Spanish, brilliant yellow blooms top large plants that can reach up to 2 feet tall. Beyond its aesthetic qualities, young leaves can be used for greens, and flower heads fill with seeds that can be toasted and eaten as grains. The seed-filled flower heads make a great source of food for goldfinches and other birds flying by. In foods, amaranth is used as a cereal grain and makes a wonderfully nutritious micro-green as well! People use the entire plant to make medicine. Yellow Amaranthus looks spectacular in mass planting or as a border plant. Its striking foliage makes this Amaranthus a perfect ornamental plant for summer plantings in full sunlight. Amaranthus Tricolor performs best in full sun and adapts to virtually any type of soil.
Amaranth germinates when the soil temperature is at least 70°, so gardeners in cool climates will want to start their seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting. Direct sow seeds after the last spring frost. Sow thinly at 1/4" deep in rows 16-18" apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per 10-12" apart. Some gardeners choose a closer spacing if only growing to harvest the greens. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Once established, will tolerate drought, but the greens will be more tender if the soil is kept moist.