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botanical name:
Amaranthus caudatus
Amaranthus caudatus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Love-lies-bleeding, Tassel flower, Tassel Amaranth, Foxtail Amaranth, Kiwicha
synonyms:  Amaranthus edulis, Amaranthus mantegazzianus
family:  Amaranthaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 2.00m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
stem/bark: red & green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 4°C
USDA zone: 5 to 10
description:
Tall half-hardy annual which is well known for its long, pendulous clusters of tiny red flowers. Lightish green oval to lance-shaped leaves. The small edible seeds can be white, yellow or black depending on the cultivar. There are many named cultivars

cultivation:
Needs sun and fertile well-drained soil to grow well. Will tolerate periods of drought once well grown. Performs best in areas with long warm summers. Not frost hardy.

propagation:
From seed

usage:
Popular garden ornamental, useful for large annual bedding schemes. Also grown as an edible food crop in some regions.

other notes:
Originated in South America, as a cultivated plant grown food in the Andes valleys.

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