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Amaranthus tricolor

 
Amaranthus tricolor
Synonym(s) Amaranthus gangeticus
Common name elephant head amaranth
Family amaranthaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers deep purple (summer)
Size 2-3'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Germinate at room temperature. Reseeds reliably in our garden, close to the mother plant.
Seed ripensmid-October

We always allow a few of these to grow to their full (largish) size in our garden - self-seeding usually produces more than we need, but extras are easy to cull. Some specimens really do look like elephant heads, with raised trunks.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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