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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
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

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.

From seed

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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