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Amaranthus cruentus 'Intense Purple'

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

Synonym:Amaranthus paniculatus

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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By onalee
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tcs1366 On Aug 20, 2008, tcs1366 from Leesburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very pretty plant. Gorgeous red foliage and burgundy 'tassels'.
Can't wait to collect seeds so I can grow more.

Positive onalee On Jan 3, 2005, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I got these seeds as an extra in a trade and was very pleased! Foliage is a bright purplish-red, stems are bright red and deep red-purple flowers droop in interesting clusters about 10" long. Best in full sun, this plant thrives in heat, humidity, drought and poor soil. They look stunning en masse. May require staking if soil is too rich. Self-seeding, so though they are an annual in colder climates they act like a perennial, with seedlings returning year after year.


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

Brooksville, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
Itasca, Illinois
Brooklyn, New York
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

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