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Invaluable foliage in a deep rich crimson for the late summer and autumn garden. Collect your own prolific seed and successionally sow. This makes a fantastic microsalad leaf in the deepest red.

Genus Amaranthus
Group/Species tricolor
Variety Red Army
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Joseph's Coat, Fountain Plant, Love-lies-bleeding
Border Position Back, Middle
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow March - May, either indoors or directly where they are to flower (make sure all risk of frost has passed).
Care Tips Weed well in the area they are to grow and water regularly. May need staking. Leave to self seed. The leaves are edible.
Flowering June - October, 12 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 7-10 days. Remove most of the leaves.
Cooking Notes The foliage of this plant is edible – it’s served boiled as ‘Horta’ in Greece, where it’s grown as a salad alternative.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Amaranthus tricolor 'Red Army' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Anne

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Charlotte

A really lovely colour and the seeds grew well.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Peter

Easy to grow, colourful , useful to make interesting contrasts, grow surprisingly well in light shade, will try a few leaves in salads

Good foliage contrast

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Reviewed 17th November 2014 by ELIZABETH WALKER

Good deep red stems, leaves & tassels. Eaten by ?voles or mice in August - but came back - and still colourful in Nov. I try a different Amaranthus every year, this is one of the best.