Love Lies Bleeding Plant
The Amaranthus caudatus
plant (also known as Amaranth Plant, Love-Lies-Bleeding and Tassel
Flower) is an attention-getting, bushy plant from South America that
can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall with a spread of 1 to 2 feet (30 –
60 cm) wide.
Soft, bright green leaves set off contrasting bright purple-red
cascading tassels, which can grow to 12 in (30 cm) long or more.
‘Viridis’ (green tails amaranth) is a green cousin with alluring bright
‘Fat Spike’ is an easy annual, growing up to 4 feet (1.2 m) high, with
mid-green leaves with occasional purple markings. It produces
attractive spikes of deep purple-red flowers 3 in (7.5 cm) thick
tapering to 1 in (2.5 cm) at the bottom.
grows quickly and easily in well-draining soil that
receives full sunshine. Love-Lies-Bleeding is a fine companion to other
It is attention-getting - even from a distance. Love-Lies-Bleeding is a
must have for cut-flower lovers and annual gardeners alike.
Information and Plant Care Tips
Bloom Color: Pale Pink, Fuchsia (Red-Purple), Red, Purple, Bright
Green. The flowers really stand out in long, slender, utterly prostrate
18- to 24-inch stems.
Ovate, light green leaves.
USDA zones: All (when grown as an annual); 10-11 (when grown as a
Summer to early autumn.
Light / Temperature
The amaranth plant needs exposure to full sun. Sow the seeds around
March. The seeds needs to be in a temperature of 68-77° F
Propagation and Planting
Sow seed in early spring and plant out after last frost. Germination
takes ten to fourteen days. Direct sow the seed after the lost frost.
The soil pH requirements are 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5
(neutral), and 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline). Add seed compost
and fine vermiculite to the soil. Many growers prefer to sow the seeds
on the surface itself.
If your preference is to sow indoors, you will want to sow indoors
around 6-8 weeks before last spring frost. These plants can be
Whether you sow them indoors or spread the seeds on the surface itself,
you will want to transplant them when they are almost 3 inches in (7.5
cm) in height.
You will want to keep the soil damp; however avoid overwatering to
prevent disease. Water Amaranthus caudatus
regularly (in the morning if
possible); do not let the plant dry out. Fast-growing herbaceous plants
require more attention to watering than woody plants.
- Water slowly and deeply if plants begin to wilt.
- Watering twice, a few minutes apart, helps water soak in
- Mulches help reduce water evaporation in hot or dry weather.
- In dry climates, form a soil "ring" around plants to hold
- Use a soaker hose or drip system to irrigate.
Soaker hoses and trickle or "drip" irrigation are very efficient and
Tall or leggy plants may be cut or pinched back to stimulate strong
growth. Cut or pinch stems of flowering or foliage plants just above
leaves or old leaf joints. Thin excess growth so remaining growth will
be more vigorous.
"Deadhead" - remove faded flowers or seedheads to stimulate new
flowering growth. Remove dead, faded, or diseased foliage as
needed. Remove some foliage during transplanting to reduce
stress on new roots.
Clean up plants at the end of the season to reduce pest or disease
buildup and to keep the area neat. Avoid putting diseased
plant parts in the compost, or risk spreading diseases later.
Pests and Diseases
Problems with root rot, fungal leaf spot, or aphids may occur.
Display and Uses
Amaranth plants make fine additions to large cut-flower arrangements, either as
background color or bold front-and-center accents. Also,
these are superb plants for hanging baskets. Have fun combining this
rare bloom color with all the whites, yellows, and reds in your garden!