Illumination Amaranth

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Also known as Summer Poinsettia, Joseph's Coat, and even Chinese Spinach, amaranths are grown for their distinctive foliage. Illumination Amaranth has bronze foliage with glowing scarlet and yellow bracts that make it stunning in a landscape.  

50 seeds





Amaranthus tricolor


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: 18-24" x 12-18"

Spacing: 12-18" apart

Light Needs: Full sun 

Soil Needs: Illumination Amaranth needs average to fertile, well-drained soil

Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-75 days

Uses: Flower beds, containers, accent plant

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Pinch to encourage branching. Water during dry periods.