Beautiful amaranthus growing in the garden along the back of Monticello. I did nothing to enhance the colors; it is a vividly-colored plant photographed in the midday August sun.
Amarantus tricolor is an ornamental plant known as Joseph's coat. Cultivars have striking yellow, red and green foliage.
The leaves may be eaten as a salad vegetable. In Africa, it is usually cooked as a leafy vegetable.
It appears on the coat of arms of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where it is called "flowers gentle."
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