Red Amaranth seeds
  • Red Amaranth seeds
  • Amaranthus cruentus the Red Amaranth
  • Red Amaranth blooming
  • Amaranthus cruentus - Purple Amaranth
  • Amaranthus cruentus - Red Amaranth
  • Amaranthus cruentus foliage and flower
  • Purple Amaranth foliage and flower
  • Spectacular Panicles of Red Amaranth

Amaranthus cruentus - Red Amaranth - Seeds

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Amaranthus cruentus - Red Amaranth
1 packet of 50 seeds



  • Amaranthaceae Caryophyllales
    (previously classified as Chenopodiaceae, family invalid since AGPII)
  • Tropical America
  • H 2m x W 1m
  •  Z7 
  • Annual
  • Synonyms: Blood Amaranth (cruentus), Red Amaranth, Purple Amaranth, Foxtail Amaranth
  • 1 packet of 50 seeds



Red Amaranth is native to tropical America and was domesticated very early by the Native American peoples (6000 years ago)

Aztecs, Mayans and Incas grew it and gave it a sacred signification

Amaranthus cruentus is a tall, annual herbaceous plant with very rapid development and high biomass production (equipped with the C4 atmospheric carbon fixation system)

It is edible, although one should avoid consuming if it was grown in soils naturally rich in nitrogen (concentrates the nitrogen, which makes it toxic)

It is therefore necessary to avoid adding mineral fertilizers to this crop

Red Amaranth produces, on a solid branched stem supported by a tap root, large tender leaves, and colorful and decorative inflorescences, grouped in more or less dense and heavy panicles at the top of the stems

The Red Amaranth is a cousin of Quinoa, Epazol, Swiss Chard, Beetroot, Orach, Spinach, Glasswort, and also several other invasive species of Amaranths (Amaranthus cruentus is not invasive)

Amaranthus cruentus is cultivated on an industrial scale, particularly in North America including Canada, Africa and Asia

Many varieties of Amaranthus cruentus have been selected, which are divided into 2 groups:

  1. Seed Amaranth grown as a cereal for its seed resembling that of Quinoa
  2. Leaf Amaranth cultivated for Ornament, Dye, and Food (leaf vegetable, E123 amaranth red food coloring)

The variety offered here belongs to the 2nd group, its black and too small seed cannot be consumed



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The seed is tiny but can be buried without hindering germination

Sow directly in place in May, on clean, well-loosened, moist, warmed soil, in a sunny position

It is not necessary to sow earlier in a nursery in pots, because Amaranthus cruentus grows very quickly and its seedlings do not require this level of protection

Disperse the seeds well to avoid, above all, overcrowding (unless you are growing Red Amaranth for young leaf vegetable)

Indeed, Amaranth can become very large

Lightly rake the soil to incorporate the seeds just on the surface

If you are growing Red Amaranth as a green, you can also sow in rows spaced 30cm apart, regardless of density

Germination is fast (within a few days) when the weather is hot

Keep the seedling clean: Because this variety gives red vegetation and the sprouts already have this color, distinguishing them from weeds is easy

Thin out as the plants develop, harvesting the less attractive individuals for cooking or for your dyeing needs

This procedure allows only the most beautiful specimens to be kept for ornament

To use Purple Amaranth as a Dye, the foliage, the stem, and especially the inflorescence, are the sources of pigment to harvest


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