Purple Amaranth, Red Amaranth, Prince's Feather, Mexican Grain Amaranth
Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtain'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: cruentus (kroo-EN-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Velvet Curtain
Additional cultivar information:(aka Velvet Curtains)

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Red

Pale Green

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Veined

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Tuskegee, Alabama

Denver, Colorado

Elbert, Colorado

Greentown, Indiana

Imlay City, Michigan

Providence, Rhode Island

Austin, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Purcellville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 26, 2013, schmeeges from Sintaluta
Canada wrote:

I live in Saskatchewan in Canada and grew this plant from seed 2 years ago in a pot in east sun and it grew about 1 foot tall and 8 inches in width. I saved seed from that plant and grew last year from seed. Started in house in mid-April and transplanted to outside flower bed on south of house in direct sun and intense heat and extremely dry soil. The plants grew to 5 to 6 feet tall and approx. 3 to 4 feet in width. The leaves were gorgeous dark reddish purple and approx. 1 to 2 feet long and about 8 inches in width. The tassels were all around a foot long. The most beautiful plant I have ever grown. Guess it depends on where you plant it. I got millions of seeds off it too! Didn't know they were edible. Going to give that a try too.

Positive

On Jul 26, 2011, EvilPlot from Calgary , AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Takes a while to germinate outdoors due to the late spring here. Wonderful deep red leaves perks up the backyard. Starting to flower now (approx 2 months from seed to flower). Makes really nice vegetable to add some colour to your salad if you happen to pinch them back to make them bushy :)

Neutral

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

Anyone know the seed color "Velvet Curtains" gives, black, white, or red? A tiny but important detail catalogues leave off.

Positive

On Nov 16, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

It's not as prolific up here in the north (zone 4b Ontario), although we get the odd self sower which is a bonus. I sow the seed indoors in the spring and plant it among the perennials. It really pops because of it's burgundy foliage and flowers.

Negative

On Jul 2, 2006, hollybee from Greentown, IN wrote:

This plant is a prolific self sower. It has taken over by garden. Fortunately it pulls up easily!