Botanical Name: Zanzibariensis
Height: 10 - 12 feet.
Spacing: 4 - 5 feet.
Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch.
Spread: 5 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Color: Deep green-burgundy leaves.
Foliage: Showy, tropical sized foliage. Up to 3 feet across.
Form: Annual (zones 3 - 7), Perenmnial (zones 8 - 10).
Flower Form: Panicles are 1 - 2 feet.
Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil.
Growth Rate: Medium to fast growth rate.
Seed Count: Approximately 10 seeds per packet.
Size: 1/2 - 1 inch.
Comments: Leaves have many colors: green, red, bluish-gray, maroon, purple, and variegated. Leaves are veined with scarlet and measure 3 feet across. Seeds and leaves are poisonous. Likes heat and moisture. In zones 8 - 10 it acts as a perennial. Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing. Requires staking in exposed areas. Helps keep moles away.