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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This voluptuous annual is grown for its showy multicolored foliage in shades of green, yellow, and red.

    Latin Name

    Amaranthus tricolor


    Family

    Amaranthaceae


    Also Known As

    Edible Amaranth


    Type of Plant

    Annual

    Seasons

    Summer
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Drought

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Africa, Indochina


    History

    Most species were introduced from the East Indies to Britain around 1600 and several species were common in early American gardens. John Custis of Williamsburg received these in 1742 from England.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

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