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Image Amaranthus 'Elephant Head'
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Lower Garden
This striking Heirloom variety was introduced in the 1880's from Germany and is named 'Elephant's Head' because the giant flower heads often look like elephant's trunks. Growing to a height and width of 3-6 feet, this plant works well in containers or right in the soil. Flowers are a deep reddish-purple and the "trunk" can grow to a height of 16-20 inches tall.

Amaranth makes great companion plants, and 'Elephant Head' is especially exceptional when you want a more vertical look with low-growing plants underneath. I grew pumpkins and squash under mine and it was a smash hit. I had vines growing on the Amaranth plant itself, along with some Dill for more compact and companion planting. More plants that are great for companion planting with the Amaranth are: Corn, Onions and Potatoes. Considered an annual, but will reseed readily year after year. Bees, butterflies and beneficial insects are very attracted to the blooms.

When it comes time for harvest, just take parts of the head and stick it in a paper bag. Shake it up and tons of black seeds will fall off. You can also eat the young leaves in salads. Grows profusely and reseeds readily in Z5.
Image Appleblossom Grass (Oenothera lindheimeri 'Freefolk Rosy')
Sidewalk Garden

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