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Amaranthus cruentus 'Giant Copperhead'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: cruentus (kroo-EN-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Giant Copperhead

Synonym:Amaranthus paniculatus

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive guygee On Sep 25, 2013, guygee from Satellite Beach, FL wrote:

I originally bought the seeds for this plant from a vendor specializing in heirloom seeds of the southwest United States. Out of the several types of Amaranth that I have planted this is the only one that reseeds itself in my garden, albeit sparingly. It seems to have some photoperiod sensitivity at my latitude, with the bigger blooms coming in the spring and again in the autumn.

Positive berrygirl On Mar 23, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew these plants for the first time last summer. I loved them! They were absolutely care-free plants, which is always a plus for me. Stood up well to our heat and drought. With a little imagination, they do resemble elephant heads.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Satellite Beach, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Sweet Home, Oregon
Spokane, Washington

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