Collection: Amaranth Seeds

Many Amaranthus species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, cereals, or ornamental plants. It primarily serves as an annual ornamental, and its leaves and seeds are edible with nutritional properties. Dating back to the Aztecs, Amaranthus flowers were used in drinks, foods and artworks during ceremonies. To this day, Amaranth grains are toasted much like popcorn and mixed with honey or molasses to make a treat called alegra, or joy. Our Amaranthus & Love Lies Bleeding Seeds are on sale, by the packet or in bulk!

About our amaranth seeds

  • Multiple varieties of amaranth to choose from
  • Both ornamental and edible
  • Can be used in cut flower arrangements
  • Drought-tolerant

  • main-collection-product-grid Love Lies Bleeding

    Love Lies Bleeding Seeds

    A unique growth habit of cascading pink plumes attract pollinators

    Love Lies Bleeding Seeds

    A unique growth habit of cascading pink plumes attract pollinators
    Regular price As Low As $4.20
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  • main-collection-product-grid Viridis Amaranthus

    Amaranthus Seeds - Viridis

    The distinctive green tassels are perfect for dramatic bouquets

    Amaranthus Seeds - Viridis

    The distinctive green tassels are perfect for dramatic bouquets
    Regular price As Low As $4.20
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  • main-collection-product-grid Red Garnet Amaranthus

    Amaranth Seeds - Red Garnet

    Antioxidant filled fuchsia leaves makes wonderfully rich microgreens

    Amaranth Seeds - Red Garnet

    Antioxidant filled fuchsia leaves makes wonderfully rich microgreens
    Regular price As Low As $4.20
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  • main-collection-product-grid Pygmys Torch Amaranthus

    Amaranthus Seeds - Pygmy Torch

    This compact heirloom variety is perfect for drying and crafting

    Amaranthus Seeds - Pygmy Torch

    This compact heirloom variety is perfect for drying and crafting
    Regular price As Low As $4.20
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  • main-collection-product-grid Green Thumb Amaranthus

    Amaranthus Seeds - Green Thumb

    Experienced and beginning gardeners alike will appreciate this edible ornamental

    Amaranthus Seeds - Green Thumb

    Experienced and beginning gardeners alike will appreciate this edible ornamental
    Regular price As Low As $4.20
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  • main-collection-product-grid Molten Fire Amaranthus

    Amaranthus Seeds - Molten Fire

    Ruby-colored new growth contrasts with mature foliage for a striking visual effect

    Amaranthus Seeds - Molten Fire

    Ruby-colored new growth contrasts with mature foliage for a striking visual effect
    Regular price As Low As $4.50
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  • main-collection-product-grid Perfecta Amaranthus

    Amaranthus Seeds - Perfecta

    Festive firecracker-like foliage adds interest in the garden

    Amaranthus Seeds - Perfecta

    Festive firecracker-like foliage adds interest in the garden
    Regular price As Low As $5.50
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  • main-collection-product-grid Green Callaloo Amaranthus

    Amaranth Seeds - Green Callaloo

    High heat tolerance, young leaves can be eaten raw or in soups

    Amaranth Seeds - Green Callaloo

    High heat tolerance, young leaves can be eaten raw or in soups
    Regular price As Low As $4.20
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.20

About our amaranth seeds

  • Multiple varieties of amaranth to choose from
  • Both ornamental and edible
  • Can be used in cut flower arrangements
  • Drought-tolerant

what makes amaranth so popular?

Many gardeners have popularized amaranth as an ornamental flower. However, it is also an edible plant that is grown in many parts of the world for its grain-like seeds. The use of amaranth as a decorative plant is relatively new, as historically it has been grown as source of food in countries all over the world. In fact, it is considered an ancient grain! Edible amaranth is frequently grown for the bountiful seeds that hang like chandeliers from the plant. Amaranth varies in flower, leaf, and stem color from crimson to maroon, making a real point of interest in the yard. There are many varieties, some that grow up to a towering ten feet tall! It's great stalks make for a wonderful trellis for vine plants such as beans and peas to climb up. Not only that, but it's grain provides delicious treats for birds. Bees are also attracted to the flowers produced by amaranth.

when and how to plant amaranth seeds

Start your amaranth seeds in the spring. While you can direct sow the seeds, we recommend starting them indoors about six to eight weeks before the last frost is expected. Select a site that receives full sun and has well-draining soil (not dense clay). Plant the seeds about 10 to 12 inches apart and then cover them lightly with soil. The seeds will germinate within three to four days, so long as the temperatures are between 60 and 90°F. When ready to transplant outdoors (if you started indoors), sow them about one to two feet apart. Because it is drought resistant, it is only necessary to water once or twice a week during dry periods. For tall plants, add some fertilizer once or twice a year, or add compost. The average amaranth grows between four and six feet tall, but with rich soil and plenty of nitrogen and phosphorous, the plants can reach heights as tall as eight feet.

harvesting amaranth

Amaranth will continue to flower until the first hard frost, meaning there will be plenty of seed to harvest in the meantime! After about three months, seeds from the flowers will be ready to harvest. Simply shake the flower heads and catch the falling leaves with a large bowl or bag. If you aren't looking to harvest the seeds, you can also, cut and dry amaranth and include them in dry flower arrangements.

For more information about planting, growing, and caring for amaranth seed, see the Amaranth Seeds Planting Guide.