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Amaranthus cruentus 'Hot Biscuits'

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

Synonym:Amaranthus paniculatus

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


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


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral giantgardener On Nov 13, 2009, giantgardener from Providence, RI wrote:

Would anyone know what color seed "Hot Biscuits" has, black or white? The one tiny but important detail catalogues leave off.

Positive sallyg On Feb 3, 2007, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

had one in the garden 2006. it got about 8 feet tall. yes it was cucumber beetle candy, never could control them.

Positive Shirley1md On Dec 1, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

It won a Fleuro Select Quality Award in 1997.

Also, it dries well if harvested just before peak color.

Positive tiG On Aug 31, 2002, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wish I'd sown in the ground, I had it in a container. Nice but probably needed bigger container. Thirsty plant. Cucumber beetles love it, spray early and often. But worth it.


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

Millersville, Maryland
Hooper, Nebraska
Garber, Oklahoma
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin

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