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Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-15

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Presenting today's mystery plant ... it's red (kinda), it's fuzzy (totally), and its name is _____________.

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Submitted by Carolannie on

I was going to say Amaranth, but it is soooooo fuzzy

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Submitted by insanelysane on

That';s Amaranth. This particular one is called the chenille plant because it looks like those old bedspreads from the 60's. A relative of this plant is the source of Quinoa. There are some truly scary Amaranth plants and even one that is perfect for Halloween called "Love Lies Bleeding" !!

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Submitted by twig on

it's getting harder to stump you. Yes, chenille plant it is! Back shortly with more details.