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Amaranth

Amaranthus spp.

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Also known as

Love-lies-bleeding, Drooping Amaranthus, Prince's Feather, Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate, Purple Amaranth, Foxtail Amaranth, Tassel Amaranth, Tassel Flower, Teasel flower

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

80cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Amaranth Overview

Amaranthus is a genus containing over 60 annual or short-lived perennial species from the Amaranthaceae family. They come from a range of different habitats including temperate and tropical fields and wastelands, and they can be invasive. In cultivation, some species are used as ornamental plants due to their long plume-like and usually red or green inflorescences which are arranged densely and are upright or pendula. These are followed by colourful seedheads and some also have colourful foliage. Different species can grow in a range of habitats and many are considered weeds. While some are good for cut or dried flower arrangements, others are used for summer bedding, for container planting or displayed in temperate greenhouses.

Common problems with Amaranth

May be susceptible to viruses

How to propagate Amaranth

Seed

Special features of Amaranth

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Other uses of Amaranth

Grown for the dense panicles of tiny flowers or for their colourful foliage as an ornamental. Also grown for culinary use, as the foliage of all varieties is edible and highly nutritious and tastes like spinach. The seeds are also edible and can be used as a cereal.

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