Hardy annuals with alternate entire leaves and small red or green flowers in clustered spikes. They are mostly grown for their handsome reddish-colored leaves and graceful habit of growth. They require rich soil, a sheltered situation and a generous supply of water to develop their full beauty. Amarantus bicolor, Amarantus salicifolius and Amarantus tricolor will be found among the best species for general planting.

Propagate by seeds sown in February, in slight bottom heat, in a glass frame. Cover the seeds to the depth of an eighth of an inch.