Red Spike Amaranth, also known as amaranthus cruentus, is easily grown in average, well-drained soils in full sun. This amaranth is characterized by its dark red, feathery plumes, and can grow up to 3-6 feet in one season. Its seeds can be popped like popcorn or ground into a flour, and its young leaves are similar to spinach, especially great in salads. It also adds a fall touch to floral arrangements.
|Sow:||Start indoors in pots 6-8 weeks before the last frost or sow directly outside after the danger of frost has passed.|
|Sow Depth:||1/4 in.|
|Days to Germinate:||7-14 days between 65-80F|
|Bloom Time:||Summer through Fall|
|Bloom Description:||Red to deep-purple foliage, with red flowers resembling spikes.|
|Special Properties:||Diuretic, edible, attractive flowers|