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PlantFiles: Amaranth, Grain
Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Burgundy'

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

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PermaCycle 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 soil's surface and plants will reach a height of about 5-ft in June and mature by July, permitting season long enjoyment. Will attract Japanese beetles, but it is not their preferred cuisine. Adding more soil or mulch around the base of plants once they are about 2-ft tall will provide increased stability, otherwise staking or a wire screen support is helpful in preventing wind or critters from bowling over plants.

Positive CurtisJones 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.

Neutral Farmerdill 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).


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

Longmont, Colorado
Indianapolis, Indiana
Austin, Texas

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