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Amaranthus caudatus

Love-lies-bleeding

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Key information

Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Well-grown plants of love-lies-bleeding are spectacular bushy half-hardy annuals with large, almost tropical leaves, over and through which the familiar tassels cascade to the ground. Each of these fascinating crimson or purple tassels is a colony of tightly packed, tiny flowers and lasts for many weeks on the plant, and also indoors, for they are stunning ingredients of flower arrangements, both fresh and dried. Watering plants well in dry weather, feeding regularly and supporting the heavily laden stems if necessary, all help to produce the longest tassels.

Family: Amaranthaceae

Genus: Amaranthus

Species: caudatus

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May


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Am trying this in amongst my other bedding plants this year, I've grown some from seed and the young plants are looking really healthy.


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