Elephant Head Amaranth (Amaranthus gangeticus) is a striking heirloom variety brought to the United States in the late 1800s. Plants typically reach a stout two to three feet tall and form upright giant burgundy flower heads as thick as an elephant's trunk. Young leaves are delicious steamed like spinach and the mature black seeds can be used like any other amaranth grain: cooked, ground for flour, or even popped.
Amaranth is an annual plant that can be started in late spring and needs approximately 70 days to flower.
Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.