Love-Lies-Bleeding, Tassel Flower
Amaranthus caudatus 'Dreadlocks'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus (am-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: caudatus (kaw-DAH-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Dreadlocks

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Variegated

Blue-Green

Burgundy

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lynn, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Cross Timbers, Missouri

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Austin, Texas

Franklin, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 19, 2013, Lysystrata from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

This plant grows very well in Albuquerque and readily re-seeds, even during drought times. It can reach 6 feet or more and those I've grown don't have weak stems, but strong thick trunks that droop gracefully at the tassle tops. Young Amaranth leaf is tasty in salad or cooked. The seeds can be harvested from the dried flower with sieving and they can be popped in a pan just like popcorn.

Positive

On Jun 8, 2008, amaranthus23 from Reading, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

The word comes from the Greek amarantos~ the "one that does not wither", or the never-fading flower. ~Wikipedia

Amaranthus caudatus is a species of annual flowering plant. It goes by common names such as love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, tassel flower, velvet flower, foxtail amaranth, and quilete. Many parts of the plants, including the leaves and seeds, are edible, and are frequently used as a source of food in India and South America — where it is the most important Andean species of Amaranthus, known as Kiwicha (see also Andean ancient plants). This species, as with many others of the Amaranths, are originally from the American tropics. The exact origin is unknown, as A. caudatus is believed to be a wild Amaranthus hybridus aggregate.~wikipedia.com

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