Flower: Amaranth,  Elephant Head - Amaranthus Gangeticus
Flower: Amaranth,  Elephant Head - Amaranthus Gangeticus
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Flower: Amaranth, Elephant Head - Amaranthus Gangeticus

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Tune out the politicians and elect this garden Elephant Head instead for its more amusing flair for the dramatic. The 140-year-old heirloom with deep reddish-maroon blooms develops a 6–12" vertical “trunk” atop a 12–18" base during August. The whole spectacular plant grows 3–5'. Seed from German immigrants saved by three generations of gardeners in Idaho, popularized by Seeds of Change.

Height: 3-5'

Hardiness: Annual

Days to Maturity:  90