AmaranthRegular price $3.75
Love Lies Bleeding:
(Pendant Amaranth, Tassel Flower, Velvet Flower, Foxtail Amaranth, Rasta Dreads) Annual. 50 days. This is the showiest of Amaranth types, with very large heads of drooping, crimson flowers. This is a black-seeded amaranth. The red color is due to the content of betacyanins, and the leaves are an edible and tasty potherb when picked young. This is a vegetable amaranth, not a grain amaranth–grain amaranths like our orange or golden amaranth have blonde seeds. Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil. Direct seed in the spring garden. Press in, keep evenly moist and in the light. Thin to 2 feet apart.
Annual. 50 days to maturity
Native to Guatamala. Stunning, bright orange flowers on plants to 6 feet tall. Young leaves colored green with orange ribs are edible as a pot herb. Seed is light colored, edible and excellent when cooked into a gruel. A patch of this plant is always a focal point in our gardens–easy to grow and recommended by us! Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil. Direct seed in the spring garden and thin to about 1 foot apart. Harvest only after the mature seed may be rubbed from the flower head by hand. Thresh, winnow, and enjoy!
100 days to maturity.
Hopi Red Dye:
Traditionally, the highly colored (edible) flower bracts are used to color cornbread and piki bread. For dying wool, the “sun tea” cold process works well. No mordant produces tan. Adding alum as a mordant produces light purple. Adding tin as a mordant produces brown. The Hopi red dye plant produces showy, thickly flowered tops that contain the black seeds. It may be noted here that the black-seeded amaranths such as this one tend to have the tastiest leaves (steam until tender). The white-seeded amaranths (which this is not) are considered best for using as a grain (make gruel, 1 cup amaranth to 5 cups water). If the gardener is after a grain amaranth, either “Golden Giant or Orange Amaranth are recommended. As for growing the Hopi Red Dye Amaranth, direct seed in summer garden and keep warm until germination, which is fast and reliable. Thin to 1 to 2 feet apart. Seeds are certified organic.
40 days to edible greens
Approximately 50 seeds/pkt (open pollinated, untreated, non-gmos)