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Amaranthus

Large group of blooming plants that was predominantly used as an indigenous food stuff in the Peruvian Andes, where Hanging Amaranthus originated; and also by the Aztecs who grew prodigious amounts of two indigenous upright species (A. cruentus; a. hypochondriacus). The seed is incredibly rich in Amino acids and protein, and was highly valued by the Incas and the Aztecs; so much so, that when the conquistador Pissaro asked the Incan King to be taken to their most valuable resource, much to his dismay he was shown 8 massive granaries full of the seeds, and no gold!

Several varieties are invaluable linear floral design components, particularly the hanging amaranthus cultivars for descending movement, as well as some upright types that provide dramatic ascending lines. Originally the colors were limited to dark red and green; today we now have bronze, coral, burgundy and cream.

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