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Botanical name

Amaranthus tricolor

Plant Care



Common name(s)

Joseph's coat



An excellent red-foliaged plant.

Uses in landscape design

Excellent for background and mass plantings in summer.

Growth rate



Edible foliage, young leaves can be eaten in salads and stir fries. Older leaves make a great spinach with a high iron content.
Medicinal – can be used to treat diarrhea, use as a wash for skin eruptions, throat infections and mouth ulcers.

Interesting planting ideas

Amaranthus aerate the soil, dredge up nutrients creating mineral rich soil and provides nourishing mulch as it dies.
Plant near beetroot, mealies, onions, potatoes and sorghum.

Interesting info

Amaranthus tricolor is used as a cooked leaf vegetable.

Other languages

Driekleuramarant (A)

When to sow

Seed sowing instructions

Space seedlings 250mm apart.

An excellent red-foliaged plant.

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