This spectacular annual has convoluted heads of massed crimson flowers. In Bangladesh, it has been used as a leafy vegetable with scientific study suggesting that it inhibits calcium retention. Another study suggested that due to high levels of antioxidants found in the plant, it could have a radio-protective role. Maybe an ideal food for nuclear power-station employees?
For best results, seeds are sown directly into the ground where required in the spring. Alternatively, sow in late winter/early spring in gentle warmth, 15-20 degrees C. Prick out into small 3 inch or 7 cm. pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.
Common name:Elephant-head Amaranth