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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
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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
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Chicago, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Lindenhurst, New York
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Henderson, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah

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