I love Amaranth

hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)August 29, 2010

When I was out planting irises today at 4 pm the light was perfect, but by the time I was done it was not so good. I'll try to get the magical photo tomorrow.

Renee

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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Oh, I haven't grown Love-Lies-Bleeding in a long time, thanks for the memory. I'll have to order seed next year. Have you ever grown the chartreuse variety? Sue

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 7:34PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Sue, this is the first year I grew it. I was so excited to find the unmixed seed, because in the mixes the stronger reds crowd out the chartreuse. I'll get a photo of it tomorrow.
I can send you some seed if you like. Just send me a private email.

Renee

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 11:21PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Garden looks good!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 1:36AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Thanks, hoovb. Here's the chartreuse variety, in the center of the photo. It does not get as big as the others, which were volunteers.

Renee

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 9:36PM
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dicot

I do like it, but I have also plucked quite a few amaranth volunteers in my time, it reseeds very freely. At least they come right out.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 10:07PM
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deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)

Here are my 3 amaranths. Photos taken at 7:30 am so the flash activated, but maybe that shows the colors to better effect. Yes they do reseed like crazy, but I just choose the ones I want depending on location and coloring of the leaves, and pull the rest early. This year the first pix shows the one I call the "king"...looks like a crown, and the green one in back there, beats me what the variety is, maybe "green tower". Both of these are over 6 feet tall and needed some support added as they get top heavy so I put a couple bamboo poles in there.


This one is "elephant head", I think. It is about 5 feet tall.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 11:49AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I love that green colored one. Yours are so tall!
Renee

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 11:17PM
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deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)

Yes, there are many amaranths to choose from. I remember when I first saw "loves lies" about 10 years ago in a garden. Made quite an impression. I like the tall ones with big heads. Mix zinnia elegans and the giant marigolds in with them...makes a nice planting. My buddy got some amaranth from me and his have reseeded in the small dirt spaces between his large paving stones. It is a jungle of a shorter red headed version of the green one in my picture. Very neat. I've got to photograph his yard some time.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 12:43PM
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