Amaranthus hypochondriacus is the beautiful annual that you see in our gardens from July until late fall when it dies back because of frost. Prince’s-feather and Prince-of-Wales feather are also common names for this plant.
The plant is known to have been a staple food of the Aztecs and used in their rituals. There is some evidence that early Native Americans grew it as a crop.
The leaves of the plant and the seeds are a food source and a red pigment derived from the plant has been used as a food coloring.
Enjoy this lovely ornamental but beware –it is a vigorous self-seeder!
Source: Encyclopedia of Life eol.org and Plants for a Future pfaf.org