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Amaranthus tricolor 'Red Army'

Family Name: Amaranthaceae
Common Name: Chinese Spinach, Callaloo, Joseph's Coat, Fountain Plant, Love-lies-bleeding, 红苋菜
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Fruit & Vegetable Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Maximum Height 1.5 m


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A herbaceous shrub which grows up to an average of 1.2 m high and 1.0 m wide. 
Foliage It has bright red mature leaves. 
Flowers Flowers occurs as red inflorescence in the form of spike. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves)
Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
[Others]: Young tender leaves are eaten in salads and was reported to have a delicate pea-like flavour. Matured leaves are eaten steamed or soups. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Red

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal

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Master ID 32326
Species ID 6734
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.