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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.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Late winter to spring.
Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.