Amaranth Burgundy

Amaranthus cruentus

ANNUAL GROW IN ALL ZONES: A tall, edible plant with intense reddish-purple leaves. The large elegant flower plumes produce an abundant amount of seeds. The seeds are preferred for grain and flour. The leaves are eaten raw in salads or cooked. Its size and color make it a wonderful addition as a backdrop for borders.

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Burgundy amaranth is an annual herb. It is a member of the Amaranthaceae family and is native to Central and South America. Burgundy amaranth is a popular choice for gardens, cut flowers, and food.

What does Amaranth Burgundy look like?
  • Amaranth Burgundy has tall, erect stems that can grow up to 6 feet tall.
  • The leaves can be deep red or dark green and slightly fuzzy.
  • The flowers are small and red or purple.
Why should I plant Amaranth Burgundy?
  • Amaranth Burgundy is a nutrient-rich plant that is high in protein and fiber.
  • The leaves can be eaten cooked or raw.
  • The seeds can be cooked or ground into flour.
  • The flowers can be used to make tea or dye.
Some interesting facts about Amaranth Burgundy
  • Amaranth Burgundy was a staple food for the Aztecs and Mayans.
  • The leaves of Amaranth Burgundy can be used to make a natural insect repellent.
  • The seeds of Amaranth Burgundy can be popped like popcorn.
  • Amaranth Burgundy is a drought-tolerant plant that can grow in poor soil.
How do I germinate Amaranth Burgundy seeds?
  • After all danger of frost, scatter the seeds randomly or sow in rows 1/4 inch deep into finely-raked and weeded soil.
  • Water the seeds regularly and keep the soil moist.
  • The seeds should germinate in 7-10 days.
Additional Tips
  • Amaranth Burgundy can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
  • Fertilize Amaranth Burgundy every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Pinch back the tips of the plants to encourage bushy growth.
  • Harvest the leaves, seeds, or flowers as needed.

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Product Details
Amaranthus cruentus

Data sheet

Water Needs:
Low, Low/Moderate, Moderate
Full Sun, Full Sun / Partial Shade
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Annual grow in all zones
Soil Type:
ALL Tolerant of most soils, Chalky Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Peaty Soil, Saline Soil, Sandy Soil, Silty Soil, Well Drained
Magenta, Red
g: Up to 3 Feet, h: Up to 4 Feet, i: Up to 5 Feet, j: Up to 6 Feet
Maturity (Vegetables Only):
10 - 30 Days (Microgreens Only), 95 - 100 Days
Special Features:
Birds and Hummingbirds, Container Growing, Cut Flowers, Drying and Crafts, Ornamental
Growth Rate:
Fast, Moderate/Fast

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Purchased in March and sowed in the front border in May. Took a while to flower but by late July the flowers had ...

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Dwarf Amaranth growing up to 16 inches with rich crimson plumes. It adds ornamental appeal to borders and is stunning when used as a low-growing plant to define specific areas. The long-lasting cut flowers dry a deep red and the green-to-burgundy leaves and shiny black seeds are edible and delicious! Cute little plants that are perfect in smaller gardens or containers.

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