As one of the most nutritious of the ancient grains, it is also one of the most beautiful. Though many amaranths have been selected for yield and adaptation to local climate, some have also been bred to accentuate their ornamental qualities. Prized cultivars produce giant vertical spires, huge walls of colorful spikes, and, in the case of Coral Fountain, showy, cascading plumes. The stunning plants feature draping blooms in a peach-coral-amber hue that deepens as the season moves along.
Art pack, 250 seeds.
Some staking required to keep the cascading seed heads off the ground.
5-10 days to germination.
75 days to maturity.
About Hudson Valley Seed. Co, Accord, New York:
We are a values-driven seed company that practices and celebrates responsible seed production and stewardship. We are best known for our beautiful artist-design seed packs (Art Packs) that appeal to gardeners, gift buyers, and lovers of art and nature. Our Art Packs, most fundamentally, tell stories. We challenge our artists to convey in a manner that is fully their own, the history and meaning of the seed variety contained in each pack. These stories were once integral to traditional societies-stories of seeds were often origin stories for entire communities and peoples, and the lore and beliefs that accumulated around seed varieties reflected the nearly familial way in which gardeners and farmers regarded their crops. Our society is, by and large, no longer connected to plants this way. But we like to think our Art Packs help to stitch our fragmented world back together: useful seeds, evocative art, both equally valuable to our experience of being human.