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Bronze colored Amaranthus caudatus
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Plant of the week!

Another annual plant inspiration brought on by my Rotary Botanical Gardens visit, this week's featured plant is Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus). The bronze colored amaranth placed in the monochromatic annual borders was just beautiful!

There are many species of Amaranthus. All have edible leaves, some are grown for grains, some can be considered weeds, and some are just darn ornamental as well, like this one.

This species of Amaranth grows tall and bushy with heights ranging from 2 to 8 feet and makes a beautiful background plant in the landscape. The leaves of the amaranth are oval and 2 to 4 inches long.

The flowers of Amaranth which are in color from July-September, can be either erect or hanging, and up to one foot or more in length. They range in color from bright red and maroon, to a chartreuse green, as well as bronze as seen in the photos above. As a floral designer, I also love these flowers because of their uniqueness and ability to dry well as an everlasting.

Fairly drought-tolerant, you'll want to plant Amaranth in a full sun area that is well-drained, but not particularly fertile. Too much fertilizer will in fact reduce the colorful nature of the foliage.

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