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Joseph's Coat

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.
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Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Yellow, Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full sun
Blooming History: 
June 20, 2001 to October 25, 2001June 14, 2002 to October 9, 2002July 4, 2003 to October 24, 2003June 16, 2004 to November 5, 2004June 17, 2005 to November 8, 2005June 30, 2006 to November 15, 2006June 25, 2007 to November 15, 2007June 24, 2008 to October 31, 2008June 11, 2009 to November 16, 2009June 28, 2010 to December 1, 2010June 14, 2011 to December 6, 2011June 22, 2012 to October 24, 2012June 19, 2013 to October 17, 2013June 16, 2014 to October 17, 2014June 17, 2015 to November 4, 2015July 4, 2016 to October 21, 2016July 26, 2017 to November 10, 2017August 2, 2018 to December 3, 2018June 18, 2019

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