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Elephant Head Amaranth


Amaranthus caudatus

Huge dark burgundy red plumes look as if an elephant is raising its trunk into the air. A long timer bloomer that grows to 5 feet, grabbing attention in the garden. It is also an excellent cut flower. An heirloom that was brought here from Germany in the 1880’s.      100 seeds




Germination: 10-15 days

Seed Planting Depth: On surface, lightly cover.

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-75 degree soil temperature. Outdoors in spring after last frost. 

Height and Width:  60" x 24-36"

Spacing: 18-24"

Light Needs :  Full sun

Soil Needs :  Average to rich, well drained.

Approximate days to flower from seed: 70-75 days

Uses:  Cottage gardens, accent plant, containers, cut flowers, edible leaves and seeds.

Care: Pinch to encourage branching, water during dry periods and fertilize occasionally during the growing season.