Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

SKU: 0173A
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Item Details

A commanding presence in the garden, this heirloom amaranth grows 4½-6' tall with a showy display of dark purple-green leaves, solid purple stems, and long, draping deep purple-red inflorescences. Used for dye or as an ornamental, it comes to Seed Savers Exchange through Native Seeds/SEARCH, which notes this variety was collected in the lower area of Moenkopi, Arizona. The Hopi people make a natural scarlet food dye from the flower bracts to color piki bread. It flowers in mid-to-late-June at our Heritage Farm headquarters in northeast Iowa.

  • Organic
  • From the Collection
  • Stunning ornamental
  • Grows 4 1/2-6' tall

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out into average well-drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Good cutting flower, fresh or dried.

  • Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 7-10 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart
  • Light: Sun/Partial Shade

Ratings & Reviews

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Easy to grow and beautiful!


Have grown these for a couple of years now and they are a lot of fun, and beautiful! About 6 ft. tall. They are easy growers and do not require a lot of maintenance - just my kind of plant! I have a few mixed in with my tomatoes and cucumbers, and no one seems to be mind. Beware when they go to seed - you will have a million of them! Enjoy!

Lovely Amaranth


SSE’s Amaranth is a beautiful plant that loves full sun & grows tall. Last season I grew amaranth in 2ft deep pots. SE IA had a drought, but the Amaranth didn’t falter. I got baby leaves for salads, stir fries & pesto. I don’t eat the seeds b/c I give the seeds to my pet birds & wild birds. Planting in pots allows me to move the amaranth by the bird feeders. The juncos are fans.

Easy to grow, beautiful and low maintenance


These grew so well from seed. The ones I planted on the south side of my house are 6’ tall. East side 2-5’ tall. They look tropical and stunning. Beautiful red color.