**I LOVE plants that can be neglected and still thrive well!**
**GROWN ON OUR FARM HERE IN TENNESSEE **
*25 Giant Amaranthus Tricolor...
...JOSEPH'S COAT SEEDS **
GIANT AMARANTHUS TRICOLOR .This plant can be seen at Disney's Epcot Garden and Flower Show each spring!
Amaranth, chinese spinach, Tampala,klarun, selasih bayem, careless weed, bayem, amarantos, amarans, amaranis, pigweed, tampala, Joseph's coat, ala de Perico, marsa, African spinach, Surinam spinach, spinach grass, wild beet, wild blite, bledo espinoso, careless weed, Hon-toi-moi, pakai kuku.
Amaranthaceae (Pigweed family).
Amaranth is an erect tropical annual with long - stemmed leaves and small black seeds growing up to 6'-8' Tall !
The leaves, up to 5 inch long, are notched or rounded at the tips.
The flowers are whitish - green while the seeds are very small, black or red-brown.
Amaranthus tricolor is very closely related to the species Amaranthus spinosus, hybridus and dubius.
The leaves of the Amaranthus species are used as vegetable in Suriname; even very young children can eat these!
They are rich in minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese) and vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and foliate).
This hardy annual has vibrant, ornamental red, yellow, and green foliage that lends a tropical effect to the garden. Small flowers, borne from summer to early autumn, are inconspicuous in comparison to the effect of the foliage. Cultivars feature yellow and maroon-shaded leaves, but the species still offers the showiest foliage!
Noteworthy characteristics: Cultivated by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Grow massed in a bed; combines well with other bold, warm-colored heirloom annuals.
Care: Does well in full sun and any all soils!
Propagation: Easy from seed in soil-based potting soil !
Fast growing beautiful plant loves direct sun!
Used against external inflammation, diuretic; treatment for bladder distress.
Amaranthus tricolor is an ornamental plant known as Bhaji in India, Callaloo in the Caribbean and Joseph's coat after the Biblical figure Joseph, who is said to have worn a coat of many colors. Although it is native to South America, many varieties of amaranth can be found across the world in a myriad of different climates due to it being a C4 carbon fixation plant, which allows it to convert carbon dioxide into biomass at an extremely efficient rate when compared to other plants. Cultivars have striking yellow, red and green foliage.
The leaves may be eaten as a salad vegetable as well as the stems. In Africa, it is usually cooked as a leafy vegetable.  It is usually steamed as a side dish in both China and Japan.
It appears on the coat of arms of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where it is called "flowers gentle".
This plant is very easy to grow!