Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

A. cruentus | SKU: 0173A
2 Reviews
$3.75 to $9.71
  • Organic
  • From the Collection
  • Stunning ornamental
  • Grows 4 1/2-6' tall

$3.75 to $9.71

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Item Details

A commanding presence in the garden, this heirloom amaranth grows 4½-6' tall with a showy display of dark purple-green leaves, solid purple stems, and long, draping deep purple-red inflorescences. Used for dye or as an ornamental, it comes to Seed Savers Exchange through Native Seeds/SEARCH, which notes this variety was collected in the lower area of Moenkopi, Arizona. The Hopi people make a natural scarlet food dye from the flower bracts to color piki bread. It flowers in mid-to-late-June at our Heritage Farm headquarters in northeast Iowa.

Learn to Grow Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost

Germination: 7-10 Days

Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart

Light: Sun/Partial Shade

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out into average well-drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Good cutting flower, fresh or dried.

Ratings & Reviews

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Easy to grow and beautiful!


Have grown these for a couple of years now and they are a lot of fun, and beautiful! About 6 ft. tall. They are easy growers and do not require a lot of maintenance - just my kind of plant! I have a few mixed in with my tomatoes and cucumbers, and no one seems to be mind. Beware when they go to seed - you will have a million of them! Enjoy!

Lovely Amaranth


SSE’s Amaranth is a beautiful plant that loves full sun & grows tall. Last season I grew amaranth in 2ft deep pots. SE IA had a drought, but the Amaranth didn’t falter. I got baby leaves for salads, stir fries & pesto. I don’t eat the seeds b/c I give the seeds to my pet birds & wild birds. Planting in pots allows me to move the amaranth by the bird feeders. The juncos are fans.