Joseph's Coat

Amaranthus tricolor

[amaranthus_tricolor]

Jefferson included the Joseph's Coat in a shipment of seeds from Paris to his brother-in-law, Francis Eppes, in 1786. The vibrant yellow and red foliage of this brightly plumed tender annual provides an eye-catching display of color. Its edible leaves have a walnut-like flavor and can be eaten raw in salads or steamed. Joseph's Coat grows to four feet and likes a warm, sunny exposure.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Yellow, Reds Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full sun Map it: 38.00976,-78.45330

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jun 20 – Oct 252002: Jun 14 – Oct 92003: Jul 4 – Oct 242004: Jun 16 – Nov 52005: Jun 17 – Nov 82006: Jun 30 – Nov 152007: Jun 25 – Nov 152008: Jun 24 – Oct 312009: Jun 11 – Nov 162010: Jun 28 – Dec 12011: Jun 14 – Dec 62012: Jun 22 – Oct 242013: Jun 19 – Oct 172014: Jun 16 – Oct 17