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Love-Lies-Bleeding

Amaranthus caudatus

Also known as

Tassel Flower, Tassel Amaranth, Foxtail Amaranth, Kiwicha, Careless, Cat Tail, Chenile Plant, Floramor, Inca Wheat, Lady's Riding Whip, Thrumwort, Tumbleweed, Velvet Flower, Foxtail, Purple Amaranth, Quelite, Red-Hot-Cattail, Cat tail, Lady's riding whip, Teasel flower

3833 - Amaranthus caudatus (Zieramaranth) by Tubifex (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Love-Lies-Bleeding

Some red Amaranthus caudatus flowers
A close up of some green leaves and red flowers of a Amaranthus caudatus plant
A close up of some red Amaranthus caudatus flowers
A photo of Love-Lies-Bleeding

Love-Lies-Bleeding Overview

Amaranthus caudatus is a vigorous, hardy annual or short-lived biennial herbaceous plant with flowers, herbs, and weeds. Some varieties are grown and harvested for food, the young green leaves are consumed as a green leafy vegetable. Flowers are arranged on long, tassel-like racemes, they are bright red due to a high content of betacyanin. They can be used to create vibrant bedding displays and make a great impact when planted in flower borders and pots. The flowers are very long-lasting cut flowers and they can be easily dried. It is grown primarily as a leaf vegetable, but its protein-rich seeds can also be ground into a nutritious flour. A beautiful statement plant. The name Love-Lies-Bleeding derives from Greek meaning “unfading flower”.

Common problems with Love-Lies-Bleeding

Night-flying beetles and Foliar insects such as leafminers, leafrollers, cutworms, aphids, flea beetles and mites.

How to harvest Love-Lies-Bleeding

Gather seed heads from flower at any stage of maturity. Harvest seed heads for drying after most of the flowers have faded and the cluster feels firm. Hang up in a dry, well-ventilated place.

How to propagate Love-Lies-Bleeding

Seed

Directly sow into the garden or start indoors in trays. Space seeds and cover by a light layer of potting soil. Transplant seedlings 30cm apart as soon as you can handle them.

Division

Separating plant with primary roots when mature.

Special features of Love-Lies-Bleeding

Pot plant

Grows in pots/containers giving you the colourful and vibrant foliage appearance.

Attracts birds

Seedeaters like goldfinches, chickadees, grosbeaks and nuthatches.

Attractive flowers

Flowers may be purple, dark red, pink, gold, brown, yellow, orange, green, or white – depending on variety.

Other uses of Love-Lies-Bleeding

Cutting bed, border, culinary use, dried arrangements. Due to its striking and brilliantly coloured flower tassels, it is usually planted as the focal point in a bed and also makes a good container plant. The tassels can be dried and used in autumn arrangements.

Edible

The young leaves are used raw in salads or cooked like spinach - a popular leafy green in Africa. The seeds an ancient grain crop.