Love lies bleeding

Amaranthus caudatus

Love lies bleeding - Amaranthus caudatus

Common Name: Love lies bleeding
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: caudatus

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Small crimson-purple flowers form tassel-like panicles which can grow to 60cm long and seem to drip from the branches in profusion throughout summer and early autumn. An interesting and exotic looking annual that looks super as the centrepiece in a seasonal display. The flowers last well after being cut and added to fresh or dried arrangements.

  • Garden care: Provide protection from frost and sow 1mm deep into good seed compost. When they are large enough to handle thin them out and pot them on individually. Pinching out the growing tips will encourage bushier growth. After all frost has passed gradually harden off and plant outside in a sunny, sheltered spot with rich soil. Allow at least 30cm between each plant. Keep the plants well watered and feed regularly during the growing season.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Flowering: July-September