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Fiber Color Range
Natural dyers are still experimenting with Amaranth, including us! A range of muted colors from mauve to orange to golden yellow have been obtained using alum and other mordants.

SOLD OUT for 2019

Check back for harvests of
fresh or dried plant material in the fall!

Amaranth
‘Hopi Red Dye’

Amaranthus cruentis

Amaranth is an age-old edible plant whose deep magenta flowers are used to color the Hopi ceremonial food, Piki bread. It's well-known as a food dye, but less predicatable as a fiber dye. It's trickier to extract a desired color from a range of possibilities, and washfastness, like with other edible dyestuffs, is less than with other dyes - it's about the same as onion skins. It's definitely fun play with though, plus it’s beautiful in your garden and as a cut or dried flower.

 Life Cycle  Annual
 Zone  Half-hardy annual
 Sunlight  Full Sun
 Height  4' - 6'
 Spacing  6" apart
 Soil

 Moderately fertile;
 pH 5.5 - 6.5