Tall,red stalk,red leaves, plumes little black seeds

annewalkerJune 30, 2008

I have little, very small, black seeds from a plant my grandmother had in Georgia. They were about 6 foot tall,

with red leaves, red stalks, had large plumes that turned

brown and produced millions of tiny seeds that birds loved.

She planted them for the birds, and simply raked the seeds

in the dirt in the fall. They were very pretty plants.

I have had the seeds in a mason jar for about 30 years and

try to germinate some this year outside in soil with zero

results.

Anyone have any idea what the plant may be?

Any ideas on getting them to grow?

Thanks.

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carol23_gw

An Amaranthus?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 7:24PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

"Any ideas on getting them to grow?"

Buy fresh seeds, yours are dead.

HTH
Chris

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 7:46PM
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remy_gw

Some varieties of Celosia get very tall too. There are all red varieties. Celosia is related to amaranthus.
Remy

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 10:33PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

It could be Amaranthus Caudatus. It is native of Tropical America, but it has naturalized in many areas, including mine. I usually wack them back to about four inches off of the ground so that they spread horizontally instead of vertically, but if i let them grow as they wish, they can get pretty tall. Here's a picture of some amaranthus caudatus for you to compare. Remember that i hack mine back pretty far to get the horizontal growth.

Here they are all over the floor. The ones to the right were mowed over, and the ones on the left weren't, so they are taller.

And here's another one on the left hand side, before the plumes (flowers)

Compare your grandmother's plants with the ones in the photos.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 12:38AM
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annewalker

Thanks for the help...

But I am 6'1" and these thing were as tall as I
am...

I am now trying to find tricks of getting seed to
grow....

There is some use of tea to help them started...

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:14AM
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remy_gw

Hi Anne,
Did it looks like this?

Remy

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:39PM
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elaineal(z8AL)

Remy
Are the plants in your red bed Celosia? I have one in my
bed and didn't know what it was. It is 5ft tall. Sure
does not look like my other Celosia.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 2:42PM
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remy_gw

Elaine,
No that is a red Amaranth in a friend's garden that gets really big. There are celosias that get really big. I got seeds from a trader over the winter for one that looks like Pink Flamingo on steroids. Most of the big celosias are old heirlooms. The newer ones companies come out with are shorter bedding varieties.
Remy

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 8:33PM
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annewalker

Thanks for the help, and the pictures. But none of
the pictures looked like the plant.

It actually looked more like a red corn stalk, with
plumes.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 3:04PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I was wondering whether it might actually have been a grain rather than a herbaceous plant. Some kind of Sorgum? Millet?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 3:23PM
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remy_gw

Anne,
Are the seeds like tiny teardrops? If so then it was a millet as Flora suggested. Purple Majesty is a popular one out now. I don't know of a red one off hand, but I'm sure some exist.
Remy

Here is a link that might be useful: Page with Purple Majesty Millet

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 9:42PM
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daisy_lee(5)

Hi Anne,

I have an Amaranthus that sounds like the one that you described. If you send me your e-mail address, I can send you a picture of mine and if it is the same as what your grandmother had I will be happy to send you seeds! By the way they are very easy to germinate.

Carol

    Bookmark   November 2, 2008 at 5:04PM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

It sounds very much like Amaranthus cruentus, 'Hopi Red Dye'. -It gets to be 6 feet tall.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   November 2, 2008 at 8:28PM
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remy_gw

Susan,
Lol, my pic disappeared(I don't know what I did,)but it is also of a large red amaranth. The original poster never responded to say if it was or wasn't an amaranth.
Here's the pic again.

Remy

    Bookmark   November 2, 2008 at 9:08PM
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