Amaranth Seeds - Love Lies Bleeding
- Seed Count: 1000 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 90-100 days from planting
- Plant Height: Up to 3-4 feet
- Growth Habit: Upright, bushy
- Flower Type: Long, cascading tassels
- Color: Deep crimson-red
- Special Features: Dramatic ornamental display, edible seeds and leaves
- Ideal for: Ornamental gardens, cut flower arrangements, grain production
Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth, scientifically known as Amaranthus caudatus, has a storied past dating back centuries. Native to South America, this plant was an integral part of indigenous cultures, valued both for its striking beauty and nutritional properties. The evocative name reflects the dramatic, blood-red tassels of the plant, symbolizing deep emotion and heartache in the language of flowers.
This plant's primary appeal is its ornamental value, creating a stunning visual impact in gardens and floral arrangements. Beyond its beauty, Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth is also cultivated for its edible seeds, akin to a grain, and its spinach-like leaves. The seeds are rich in protein and other nutrients, making them a valuable culinary ingredient.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions:
Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth enjoys full sunlight and well-drained soil. For best results, sow the seeds directly into the garden after the last frost. Plant about 1/4 inch deep and space them 18-24 inches apart, accommodating the plant's bushy growth. The plant is relatively low-maintenance but benefits from regular watering, particularly in dry conditions. As an annual, it completes its life cycle in a single season, producing seeds that can be harvested for the next planting or culinary use.