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Red Cockscomb

Amaranthus hypochondriacus

Prince's Feather

Amaranthus are one of the ancient foods, meaning "unfading'' in Greek and it will survive droughts and neglect. The grains of Amaranth were a food source in Stone Age times! It was used medicinally and is a food source in Africa, known in South Africa as 'morogo'. It is loved and found all over the world but can become a weed due to aggressive growth.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest the leaves during the growing season as needed. Harvest the seed as grains once the flowers turned brown. Keep a paper underneath to catch and gently shake the seed out.

Propagation

Seed
Collect seed from mature plants early in the season and keep in a cool, dry place. Sow directly in the bed.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Central America, Mexico.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
Red, Green, Purple, Dark Red
Scent
None

Problems

Aphids at certain times of the year.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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