Common name: Love Lies Bleeding, Tassel Flower
Botanical name: Amaranthus caudatus Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Highly attractive erect fat spikes in deep purplish red, from 3 inch thick
tapering to 1 inch, as if standing guard. Ideal as a border filler, and for
Love-lies-bleeding gets its unusual common name from its tiny
blood red petalless flowers that bloom in narrow, often drooping, tassel-like,
terminal and axillary panicles throughout the growing season. Native to
India, Africa and Peru, this is an annual that usually grows 2-4 ft tall.
Cultivars with yellow-green flowers are also available. Oval,
light green leaves (to 6 in long) The seeds of this species are edible, and
species plants are grown as a grain crop in some parts of South America. This
plant is everlasting (Amaranthus comes from the Greek word for
unfading) whose flowers retain some color when dried for arrangements.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh