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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.
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: 
2001 Jun 20 to 2001 Oct 252002 Jun 14 to 2002 Oct 92003 Jul 4 to 2003 Oct 242004 Jun 16 to 2004 Nov 52005 Jun 17 to 2005 Nov 82006 Jun 30 to 2006 Nov 152007 Jun 25 to 2007 Nov 152008 Jun 24 to 2008 Oct 312009 Jun 11 to 2009 Nov 162010 Jun 28 to 2010 Dec 12011 Jun 14 to 2011 Dec 62012 Jun 22 to 2012 Oct 242013 Jun 19 to 2013 Oct 172014 Jun 16 to 2014 Oct 172015 Jun 17 to 2015 Nov 42016 Jul 4 to 2016 Oct 21
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