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Amaranthus tricolor 'Perfecta'

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

Category:

Vegetables

Herbs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

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

, (2 reports)

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Forestville, California

Daytona Beach, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Blair, Nebraska

Harkers Island, North Carolina

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

College Station, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 18, 2011, Grayseasmom from Raleigh, NC wrote:

I received some seeds for a 2011 summer crop of several colors of this plant. I have collected the stalks with the brown flowers on the sides and now wonder how to collect the seeds. I have shaken them but the best way seems to be to rub the blooms and the black seeds fall out. However, the pieces of the flowers are extremely hard to separate from the tiny black seeds. Does anyone have any advise for me? I have a lot of these stalks to deseed and would love to find out the proper way to do this. Thanks all.