The pendulous tassels of 'Coral Fountain' will win you over to the world of unusual, dramatic flowers. These 18″ “tassel flowers” in varying shades of coral, dry beautifully for everlasting arrangements, wreaths, or other crafts. Pollinators are attracted to the flowers, which eventually produce protein-rich, edible seeds that you can harvest for yourself or leave for your bird friends. Instructions inside the packet on how to harvest the seeds for eating.
Botanical Name: Amaranthus caudatus
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 3'–5' tall
Variety Information: Each cascading tassel (up to 18″ long) is a colony of tiny, tightly packed, coral-pink flowers.
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Blooms summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is 65°–75°F.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7–14 Days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A pinch (approx. 8 seeds) every 12″ – 15″
Thinning: When 1″ – 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″ – 15″
Special Care: When seedlings have 3 to 4 sets of leaves, clip off the top set just above the leaves below. This “pinching” promotes branching, which means more flowers. Amaranth can reseed. If reseeding is not desired, remove flower heads before they set seed.