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James H. Schutte
AMARANTHUS tricolor 'Perfecta'
Clusters of scarlet new leaves with yellow and green tips crown the tall stems of this cultivar of Joseph's coat. A large annual grown in flower gardens for its colorful plumage, Joseph's coat originated in tropical Asia, where it is widely cultivated as a leaf vegetable.
This fast-growing, heat-loving plant bears large, elliptic or oval leaves on erect stems. The brightly hued new leaves fade gradually to medium green with deep maroon markngs. This cultivar is spectacular from summer to frost. Insignificant clusters of green or reddish flowers appear at the stem tips and in the leaf axils in summer. Small capsules containing a single brown or black seed follow the flowers. Plants sometimes self-sow.
Joseph's coat performs best in sun and well-drained soil. It is best sown in place after the soil warms, but can also be started earlier in a warm greenhouse. Mature plants are drought tolerant but grow and flower better if watered during dry spells. This annual thrives in subtropical and tropical regions. Its jaunty leaves lend a bright tropical look to containers and borders. They also make a colorful garnish for salads.
12 - 5
H1, H2, 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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Africa, Southern Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Yellow, Red, Green, Burgundy
Yellow, Red, Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical
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