Elephant Head Amaranth
Huge dark burgundy red plumes look as if an elephant is raising its trunk into the air. The Elephant Head Amaranth is 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 1880s.
Germination: 10-15 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant apart after the last frost, 12-18” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting around the last frost date, sow lightly and thin to 6-8” apart. Sow again in midsummer for late-season blooms
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 48-60" x 36"
Spacing: 12-18" apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Elephant Head Amaranth needs average to fertile, well-drained soil
Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-75 days
Uses: Flower beds, containers, fresh or dried cut flowers, edible seeds and leaves, accent plant
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Pinch to encourage branching. Water during dry periods. Harvest flowers for drying and hang upside down in a dark room with good airflow.