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Elephant Head Amaranth

  • Elephant Head Amaranth, also known as Elephant's Head, Velvet Flower or Prince's Feather, is an ornamental plant that is native to tropical regions of Central and South America, but has been naturalized in other parts of the world.


    It is a tall plant that can grow up to six feet tall, and produces distinctive plumes of velvety, dark red flowers that resemble a elephant head or a flame. The leaves are broad and ovate, with a green color that can have a reddish tint.


    Elephant Head Amaranth is typically grown as an ornamental plant in gardens or as a cut flower, but it is also edible and has been used in traditional medicine. The leaves and stems can be cooked and eaten like spinach, while the seeds are used in baking or ground into flour.


    When growing Elephant Head Amaranth, it is best to plant it in full sun and well-drained soil. The plant prefers warm temperatures and will not tolerate frost. It is also important to provide the plant with regular water, especially during dry periods.


    Seeds per pack: 2.84g

    • Planting: Elephant Head Amaranth can be grown from seed or from cuttings. If starting from seed, plant them in a well-draining soil in full sun after the last frost has passed. Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 1-2 feet apart. If starting from cuttings, take a 6-inch cutting from a healthy plant and remove the lower leaves. Dip the cutting in rooting hormone and plant it in a well-draining soil.
    • Watering: Elephant Head Amaranth requires regular watering, especially during dry periods. The soil should be kept moist, but not waterlogged.
    • Fertilizing: Elephant Head Amaranth benefits from regular applications of fertilizer. Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    • Pruning: To encourage bushier growth and more flowers, pinch off the tips of the plant when it reaches about 6 inches in height.
    • Pests and diseases: Elephant Head Amaranth is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but may be susceptible to spider mites and powdery mildew. Use organic or chemical insecticides as needed to control pests, and make sure to space the plants to allow for good air circulation.
    • Harvesting: You can harvest the flowers for use in arrangements or leave them on the plant for ornamental purposes. If you are growing Elephant Head Amaranth for food, you can harvest the leaves and stems when they are young and tender, and use them like spinach.
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