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Amaranthus ‘Dreadlocks’

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyAmaranthaceaeAmaranth family
GenusAmaranthusContraction of Greek ἀμάραντος (amarantos), “unfading,” with ἄνθος (anthos), “flower”

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This cultivar of Amaranthus caudatus is not found in the wild.

Identification: These plants reach 4' (1.2 m) in height and up to 18" (45 cm) around, with fairly thick, pale green or red stems. Beautiful fuchsia-colored flowerheads up to 24-36" (60-91 cm) long are composed of "dreadlocks"—many pom-pom shaped flowers. Leaves are 3-6" (7.6-15 cm) long by 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) wide, tapering to sharp tips, green to yellow-green.

Online References:

The Weekend Gardener



Amaranthus ‘Dreadlocks’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Amaranthus ‘Dreadlocks’

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Amaranthus ‘Dreadlocks’

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 10 × 15" (26 × 39 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 8-11:

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