Chinese spinach (Amaranthus tricolor and cvs.)
Noteworthy Characteristics: Cultivated by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Grow massed in a bed; combines well with other bold, warm-colored heirloom annuals.
Care: Does well in full sun and all but soggy soils.
Propagation: From seed in soil-based potting soil, in full light.
Problems: White rust, brown rust, Ceroscopora leaf spot, and Phyllosticta leaf spot affect the leaves. Root rot. Prone to aster yellows and virus diseases, as well as aphids.