Amaranthus caudatus


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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Amaranthus caudatus
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Plant details

Love lies bleeding, Amaranthus caudatus, is a bushy half-hardy annual 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.

Grow Amaranthus caudatus in a sheltered, sunny spot in rich soil. Water plants well in dry weather, feeding regularly and supporting the heavily laden stems if necessary.

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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