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Amaranthus tricolor (Flaming fountain, Joseph's coat)

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Plant description

amaranthus tricolor josephs coat 1

amaranthus tricolour flaming fountain 1

Amaranthus tricolor is a half hardy foliage plant with brilliantly coloured leaves of reds, greens, yellows and oranges. It is an annual, and should be planted in late winter to spring. Like a rich and moist soil. Good in tropical to temperate climates. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Feed with a good all purpose fertiliser. The leaves are edible, and can be eaten in salads or steamed as a vegetable, but be aware that they are high in oxalic acid so should be eaten in moderation.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Pests

Mealy bug

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Late winter to spring.

Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.

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