Jefferson included the Joseph's Coat, or "three-coloured Amaranth", 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.

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Typical Blooming Dates:
Growth Type: Annual
Color(s): Yellow, Reds
Location at Monticello: West Lawn
Planting Conditions: Full sun