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Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Fat Spike'
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common name: Red Cockscomb, Prince's Feather, Elephant nose
synonyms: Amaranthus caudatus 'Fat Spike', Amaranthus hybridus 'Fat Spike'
red & green
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Half-hardy annual, producing large, thick, upright spikes of dark purplish red flowers, quite unlike the normal drooping tassels of "Love Lies Bleeding".
Needs sun and fertile well-drained soil to grow well.
There is some taxonomic confusion and this variery is normally sold as Amaranthus caudatus 'Fat Spike'. However the erect flower spikes indicate that it is more likely a hypochondriacus cultivar and it i scurrently treated as such by the RHS. It could also possibly be a hybrid.