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Amaranthus tricolor 'Illumination'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: tricolor (TRY-kull-lur) (Info)
Cultivar: Illumination

Synonym:Amaranthus gangeticus

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive aking1a On Aug 29, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the most spectacular plants I have seen. A real show-stopper! The "flower" head is a firey red and yellow. Needs to be staked in areas with heavy rain.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Lake Hamilton, Arkansas
Chicago, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland
Lindenhurst, New York
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Henderson, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
West Valley City, Utah

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