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Edible Amaranth

Amaranthus tricolor

Also known as

Tampala, Chinese Spinach, Floramor, Flower-Gentle, Joseph's Coat, Three-Coloured Amaranth, Calaloo, Chinese Amaranth, Summer-Poinsettia, English wild amaranth, Green amaranth, Mbum bu digèn, Bredo femea, Fondulo, Pélé uluzedigpoie, Boromonema, Efai, Ìnyàη˚, Ìnìnè ḿmē, Guernsey pigweed, Vleeta, Horsetooth amaranth

Amaranthus tricolor (in a flowerbed) 01 by Kor!An (Корзун Андрей) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Some vibrant red yellow Amaranthus tricolor leaves
Some vibrant red yellow green Amaranthus tricolor leaves in a garden
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Edible Amaranth Overview

Amaranthus tricolor is an annual or short-lived perennial species in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. It appears on the coat of arms of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where it is called "flowers gentle". This is a C4 -plant, known to be very effective in bonding carbon dioxide and thus producing biomass. Uses include ornamental, medicinal and dyes. It is a popular garden plant for its colourful foliage, leaves are bright shades of red, yellow, orange and green. Flowers are arranged on tassel-like racemes, they are small and non-showy compared to the dramatic foliage. Commercially marketed as Andean or Amaranth Superfood, they are harvested as microgreens or at baby leaf stages as salad leaves and are often described as having a pea like flavour.

Common problems with Edible Amaranth

Water-soaked lesions on stems means Wet rot so do not plant crop densely. Treat fungi with copper fungicides. Pigweed weevils feed on the foliage, unfortunately best to stop spread is to uproot and destroy infested plants.

How to harvest Edible Amaranth

Young leaves are tender and nutritious and have a delicate pea-like flavour. Harvested at babyleaf stage leaves are ideal for salads or garnish, or mature for steamed vegetable or soups. Seeds can be harvested 30-50 days after sowing. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seeds.

How to propagate Edible Amaranth


Sowing time best in Spring/Summer at a depth of 1 mm (Sprinkling seeds and lightly covering them will do). Plant sometimes self-seeds. Germination time between 10 to 14 days.

Special features of Edible Amaranth

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Edible Amaranth

Ornamental. Herbaceous. Medicinal. Dye






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