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

Latin Name

Amaranthus tricolor



Also Known As

Edible Amaranth

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Drought

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Africa, Indochina


    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 Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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