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Grain Amaranth, Prince-of-Wales Feather, Purple Amaranth, Prince's Feather 'Burgundy'

Amaranthus hypochondriacus

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: hypochondriacus (hy-po-kon-dree-AH-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy
Synonym:Amaranthus hybridus subsp. hypochondriacus
Synonym:Amaranthus leucocarpus



Foliage Color:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Longmont, Colorado

Indianapolis, Indiana

Austin, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 22, 2010, PermaCycle from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Burgundy' is a wonderful addition to an edible landscape, adding color and height, either as a border or grove. It can be used in salads to add color and nutrition. The only negative is that plants can become invasive if mature seedpods are not harvested or otherwise properly managed. Unwanted plants, however, can be easily uprooted in spring or early summer. Mowing will control but not remove them, as they quickly recover.

Gardeners with black walnut trees in their landscape will appreciate that Amaranthus hypochondriacus is tolerant of juglone. I tossed seeds over an area where a black walnut tree was cleared and each year the plant reseeds to create a grove on the edge of our property.

In Zone 5b, seeds will overwinter on the so... read more


On Aug 27, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests, inc.: This majestic amaranth grows 5'-8' tall and has rich jewel-toned color. You will be impressed by its magenta-burgundy seed plumes and green to burgundy foliage. It is quite striking at the back of the flower border or when grown next to yellow sunflowers. The seeds are edible, have a nutty flavor, are high in protein, and can be cooked like rice for a nutritous breakfast or side dish. The leaves are also tasty when young and make a colorful addition to salads or can be cooked like spinach.


On Nov 15, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Long burgundy plumes bear plentiful white seeds. Leaves are bright reddish purple. 6-8 ft. tall. (100-110 days).