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Despite its beauty and practicality, amaranth is an underestimated plant for gardens.
Hide CaptionShow CaptionBurgundy amaranth is just one of many seed grade varieties that offer ornamental color and a crop to harvest. (SHNS photo by Maureen Gilmer / Do It Yourself)
Reaching 7 to 10 feet in height, plants are often grown in the food garden with corn. But these are so visually unique they should be considered for highlighting ornamental and wildlife garden scenarios too. The blood red, nearly iridescent flowers of Burgundy amaranth hardly appear natural atop towering 10-foot green leaf plants. Its shorter cousin Warihio reaches 7 feet tall and is distinguished by its vibrant red foliage. This species also produces Golden Giant bearing lime green leaves and dense upright antique yellow flowers.