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geneo74June 22, 2009

I have been growing Summer Poinsetia's for two years now and really love them, no two plants look the same. Tried to get more info on them from this board under Summer Poinsetia(Amaranthus) No find. Do find Amaranthus Tricolor; could they be the same and why doesn't anyone on this forum talk about Summer Poinsetia since they love Tennessee and are so easy to grow as background pretties in late summer when everything else is drying up?

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Amaranthus tricolor is sometimes referred to as Summer Poinsettia, Joseph's Coat, Tampala, Chinese Spinach, Vegetable Amaranth, Fountain Plant, or Een Choy. Too tender to be easily grown here as a perennial. I'm not much into annuals or plants that require lots of effort to overwinter.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 11:53AM
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geneo74

My so called Summer Poinsetia sure appeared hardy through last winter in mid south TN. But also are easy to save seed, start in Apr and transplant middle of May. Did it all in outside weather and a seed tray.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 2:20PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Yep, many annuals and tender/half-hardy perennials (Amaranthus tricolor is a tender perennial) are easy to grow from seed or will easily self-sow. For some garden styles, they are ideal. They're just not what I look for for my garden style.

The A tricolor certainly is colorful and showy! They remind me a lot of Solenostemon (Coleuses).

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 4:24PM
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