Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3-8 feet
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Other: edible
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Red
Other: scarlet. There are cultivars with yellow green flowers as well.
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: 65 degrees +
Days to germinate: 10-15 days
Depth to plant seed: 1/8" to 1/4" (<1/2")
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Does not transplant well. Recommended to start where will be grown. 60-70 days from initial sowing to bloom time. Also, an agronomic crop/grain.
Pollinators: Self
Wind
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: MOBOT rates it at 5 stars

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Posted by GordonHawk (Brooklyn , New York) on Dec 3, 2011 11:11 AM

My, MY.. bleeding for sure.. That's a wonderful form of the amaranthus.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jan 10, 2012 9:12 PM

Very dramatic specimen plant! It grows 3-5 feet tall, and produces long, drooping tassel-like flowers that will sometimes extend from the very top of the plant to the ground. Easy to grow from seed if you sow it in place, and drought tolerant. This one will be a conversation-starter, so plant it somewhere conspicuous!

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Posted by SCurtis (Maryville, Tn - Zone 7a) on Aug 22, 2014 2:45 PM

Love lies bleeding is a very beautiful plant with red drooping flowers that can grow to about 5 ft tall. They can fall over, so I suggest giving them some sort of support. Leaves are highly nutritious and are nutritionally similar to beets, Swiss chard, and spinach, but are far superior. For example, amaranth leaves contain three times more calcium and three times more niacin than spinach leaves. You can either pick the young leaves raw for salads or cook like spinach. The taste is strong, so I suggest mixing with spinach or other lettuces when eating raw or cooked. When the flower dries out, you can eat the seeds as a grain which is like quinoa in nutrition, but yet again nutritionally better. Pick the dry flower and shake over a pot. Then take seeds and put them in a pot to heat them up to "pop" them. You can eat this grain in cereals or as a delicious additive in soups. You can also grind up the seeds for a flour. Has a nutty flavor.

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Plant Events from our members
Weedwhacker On July 24, 2015 Transplanted
already flowering
Weedwhacker On May 22, 2015 Potted up
Weedwhacker On April 21, 2015 Seeds germinated
Weedwhacker On April 17, 2015 Seeds sown
Indoors
joannmorford On June 4, 2017 Seeds sown
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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id? by Calif_Sue Oct 3, 2013 3:41 PM 6
Flower identify by Trx250r Oct 27, 2018 12:21 AM 1
may i aka what this may be?? by jonnyink Sep 19, 2017 7:09 AM 1
what may this be?? please help by jonnyink Sep 19, 2017 9:22 AM 5
Would appreciate some ID assistance with this please. by Zen1 Sep 21, 2016 9:39 AM 5
Plant ID by Boopaints Aug 20, 2016 8:21 PM 7
Looks familiar but what is it? by wildflowers Jul 16, 2016 7:15 PM 10
Could we have a box for "Bloom size?" by woofie Aug 19, 2012 9:07 AM 50
What has sprouted? by kqcrna May 16, 2010 6:32 PM 55

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