Answer: I suspect the plant might be amaranth, or a member of the amaranthus family. These plants are coarse, sometimes weedy, and the 'Joseph's Coat'' hybrid grows to 5 feet high with leaves 1-6 inches long, and 1/2 - 3 inches wide in blotched shades of red and green. The foliage at the top of the plant can be yellow to scarlet. Sounds like an interesting plant! Before ordering seeds, check a plant encyclopedia and compare the picture to what you remember your mom growing.
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