Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

A. cruentus | SKU: 0173A P250
$3.75
  • Organic
  • From the Collection
  • New for 2019
  • Stunning ornamental
  • Grows 4 1/2-6' tall
$3.75

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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.

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.