This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In Mr. Vick's Magazine, for Dec. 1878, there is a colored plate of this new Amaranth. The lower leaves are of a purplish red, and crowned with leaves of brilliant flame color. With his usual caution, Mr. Vick delayed making it known for several years to the public, lest it might not be sufficiently constant to satisfy purchasers. Last year I procured a paper of seed, and was delighted with the results. Though few were like the one represented in the plate, yet all were beautiful and greatly admired by all who saw them. Some of them had leaves partially of the brilliant color, and part of the purple, then the crown of sunrise. These handsome foliage plants, with the Coleus do wonderfully heighten the effect of a flower garden.