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PlantFiles: Love-Lies-Bleeding, Green Tassel Flower
Amaranthus caudatus 'Viridis'

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

Synonym:Amaranthus edulis
Synonym:Amaranthus mantegazzianus

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive elfenqueen On Oct 14, 2008, elfenqueen from East Tawas, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Easily grown in my zone 5 landscape. No extra ammendments were added. They seem to enjoy heat, neglect and poor soil ~~~ even tried growing on the edge of the sidewalk, I moved them for their own good. Loved the fresh green tassels swaying in the breeze. Deer will munch on them, but this only makes them bushier. Taller plants often need staking as the tassels can become quite heavy.
Waiting on next spring to see if they reseed as easily as their sister plant "red tassels".

Positive justbetweenus On Sep 29, 2005, justbetweenus from Clinton, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

This green variety was very easy to grow from seed both indoors and direct sown in my zone 5b garden. My soil is sandy and no compost was added at seeding time. It bloomed really well in our very hot and humid summer and still going strong today Sept 29th. I just took some seed to save inside a paper bag and noticed there is a reddish blush tone to some braids. Hence some of the seed is reddish and I wonder if sown if they would turn out to be the red form again. It's an easy plant to grow for beginners and something different in the garden. I think you will like it.

Positive tiG On Aug 31, 2002, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I really enjoyed this plant, it bloomed from early spring (I sowed indoors) to mid summer. I had it in a container and think it finally just played out. very prone to cucumber beetles, spray to keep them away.


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

Menifee, California
Brooksville, Florida
Valdosta, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
East Tawas, Michigan
Portland, Oregon

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