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Annuals: Amaranthus tricolor 'Mardi Gras'

Botanical name: Amaranthus tricolor 'Mardi Gras'

Common name: Joseph's coat

also known as (Chinese spinach, callaloo, calaloo, three-coloured amaranth, tampala, St. Joseph's coat, flower-gentle, floramor)

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Annuals: Amaranthus tricolor 'Mardi Gras'
Annuals: Amaranthus tricolor 'Mardi Gras'
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Renee's Garden

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Soil: dry, acidic, clay
Zones: 8a thru 11a

fall interest, butterfly attracting, drought tolerant

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For a visual fiesta in your garden, grow these modern cultivars of ancient New World plants. Ornamental ‘Cinco de Mayo’ is a mixture of Joseph’s coat seeds that is truly effortless to grow, loves hot weather and puts on a glorious show of spectacular colors. The foliage of the branching 3 to 4 foot tall plants forms brilliant pinwheel rosettes of graceful draping leaves. The brilliant mixture of ‘Cinco de Mayo’ includes illuminating colors in electric yellow, molten scarlet-orange, magenta and a splendid multicolor for showstopping displays that celebrate the sunshine all summer long. It is easy to start Joseph’s coat directly in the garden once temperatures stay in the 50’s. Space 3 to 4 inches apart and cover lightly. Seedlings emerge in 7 to 10 days. These dramatic annuals a drought tolerant. Try planting with sunflowers and tithonia. Will self-sow. For best branching, pinch the main buds of the young plants when they are 18” tall. Great as a cut flower centerpiece! – edited by dtd pbcouchman

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