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Amaranthus cruentus ‘Velvet Curtains’ (Purple Amaranth)

Purple Amaranth 'Velvet Curtains', Red Amaranth 'Velvet Curtains', Prince's Feather 'Velvet Curtains', Mexican Grain Amaranth 'Velvet Curtain'

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Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtains', Purple Amaranth 'Velvet Curtains', Red Amaranth 'Velvet Curtains', Prince's Feather 'Velvet Curtains', Mexican Grain Amaranth 'Velvet Curtain', Red Flowers, Purple Flowers

Exotic-looking, award-winning Amaranthus cruentus ‘Velvet Curtains’ is a vigorous annual or biennial plant with erect, dark crimson plumes and stunning, ovate, red colored foliage. It features an upright, bushy habit and helps create dramatic mixed borders. Great for the back of the border or as a filler, its long-lasting flower spikes make excellent cut flowers that are prized by florists for their beauty. 

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. high and wide (90-120 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun, in moderately fertile, humus-richmoist, well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location. Water freely during summer to prolong flowering.
  • Plant in groups of three or more to make a really bold statement.
  • Remove dead plants grown as summer bedding after flowering
  • Watch for aphids.
  • Propagate by seed sown at 68°F (20°C) in mid-spring.

 

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Amaranthus
Common names Red Amaranth, Amaranth
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Amaranthus viridis (Slender Amaranth)
Amaranthus tricolor (Joseph’s Coat)
Amaranthus tricolor ‘Early Splendor’ (Joseph’s Coat)
Amaranthus caudatus ‘Dreadlocks’ (Love-Lies-Bleeding)
Amaranthus caudatus (Love-Lies-Bleeding)

Recommended Companion Plants

Zinnia ‘Profusion’ Series
Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)
Pennisetum villosum (Feathertop Grass)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Amaranthus
Common names Red Amaranth, Amaranth
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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