Hopi Red Dye Amaranth - Seeds
Latin name: Amaranthus cruentus
A historic plant with a myriad of benefits that was originally grown by the Hopi Nation of Northern Arizona as food and ceremonial dye. The foliage of the Hopi Red Dye amaranth is very nutritious, and can be eaten fresh in salads or cooked. Its blooms are full of seeds that can be added to recipes, much like chia, or ground into gluten-free flour.
The clusters of flowers are magnificent in bouquets and the whole plant can be used as a plant-based dye to colour fabrics.
Looks magnificent in vegetable gardens and flower beds, especially next to the Giant Salmon Rose Zinnia.
± 400 seeds
For best results, we recommend a cold stratification period of 7 days.
Sowing: Sow indoors 2-4 weeks before transplanting.
Seed depth: 2 mm
Germination time: 5 to 12 days at 21-27°C
Soil: all soil types
Flowering: From July until first frost
Distance between plants: 45 cm
Distance between rows: 60 cm
Height at maturity: 150 cm