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Monday, November 17, 2008

Do You Know This Plant?

Okay, I just received an email from Vickie, Valerie's friend, she's so smart and we are trying to talk her into blogging, she could teach us all a few things about gardening. Anyway a great website is www.bestgarden.net This plant-
Zones 9 - 11
Full Sun
3 - 4' Height
Poor Well Drained Soil
Sow seeds indoors bring outside when temps reach 70 -75
Easy to maintain.
I'll be trying it again, trying to harvest seeds. If I get some I'll let you know so you can try it too!

I cannot find any information on this plant. Amaranthus "Joseph Coat" Tricolor. I can find Love Lies Bleeding and others similar but not this one. It dries seeds close to the stem like the Celosia. I am going to gather seeds and see what happens in the spring. When I first got it the leaves were dark green with red and yellow as the plant matured the leaves turned more yellow. It was beautiful, but very contrary. Wilted with not enough water, wilted with too much water and did not like temps. above 80, I think. Can anyone help me out?

Photo taken Nov. 16, 2008

Photo taken Sept. 3, 2008

Photo taken July 7, 2008

18 comments:

GreenJeans said...

I grew some of these last year. I don't know much about them either. I got them at Walmart on sale for 50 cents each. These plants didn't grow much for me (and I had them in the shade) so I pulled them out and threw them away this past summer. They have a little white bloom, nothing significant, but the leaves were really pretty when I bought them. Over time, they turned kind of yellowish and the pretty colors faded away. It could have been my cruddy soil (ie sand) where I had them though.

Leedra said...

Got me, never seen one before. The more I learn, the more I don't know.

bennie and patsy said...

Nice color, don't know the name.
Patsy

auringonkukkaperhe finland =) said...

Thank you for your visit to my home pages! wonderful pictures!

marina said...

It looks like "blite" to me but then again blites are green all the time, until they die and their flower is green and rough to the feel! May be it's a distant relation of the blite! I don't know about you, but we Greeks eat the blites, boiled with lemon or vinegar!

perennialgardener said...

Sorry wish I could help, never grew this plant before. Looks interesting though.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I wish I could help. :-(

marina said...

Do you know how to cook grape leaves? I have two recipies for them and they're both delicious!

fishing guy said...

Darla: I do hope you get the help you need on this probablem.

Susie said...

Darla-That is Amaranthus tricolor. Josephs coat is just a common name. If you google Amaranthus tricolor you will find many links. I just looked at davesgarden.com. It did say, doesn't like to be over watered. Hopefully this helps.

uncleawang said...

You have a very beautiful shot of flowers of many species.I snap our local jungle plants few days ago and yet to post on my blog perhap soon.
By the way Thank You for droping by my monochrome monday.
Have a nice day.

Valerie said...

Vicki is becoming poplular on these blogs. I wonder if she is feeling the pressure yet to blog. When she does, it will be good. Her and her husband know everything about plants and birds. Thanks for mentioning me and my best friend. You are a doll!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Well, it looks like you found out!!!! I have never seen one---or if I have, I don't remember!!!! Big help I am!!!! Sorry! Hope you are having a good day, Darla!

Grammy said...

I know I tried it at my old home and no luck. It did not live.

Mckay K said...

I have seen them before but for the life of me could not remember their name. I glad you learned they were Joseph's Coat.

marina said...

I'll make some "dolmadakia" (wrapped grape leaves) in a few days so you'll have your recipe soon enough! I'll let you know!!!

Shellmo said...

I'm learning that I don't know much about plants! :-)

Gail said...

It used to be a showcase plant in one of our city parks, back in the 80s but I rarely see it anymore. I suspect it will root easily in water or rooting hormone. gail