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This fast growing amaranth tends to make our gallon cans topple over once the long chenille-like flower spikes start appearing.
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Love Lies Bleeding is an entirely too graphic a nickname for this amaranth, but it does sport incredibly long, drooping spikes of countless tiny deep red blooms that reminds one of chenille or pipe cleaners. In the Portland Metro area, one can expect the plant to grow from three to five feet tall, although there have been confirmed reports of 6-foot plus specimens spotted in much hotter climates. The red tails stand out dramatically against the somewhat coarse looking green foliage and needless to say, birds, bees, and butterflies find them attractive. Though amaranth tends to reseed, the plant itself is an annual, and the flower spikes can be used fresh or dried.
|Common Name||Love Lies Bleeding|
|Mature Size||3 -5 feet tall, up to 2 feet wide|
|Cold Hardiness||-40 ° F|
|Characteristics||Grown as an annual, edible, attracts pollinators and hummingbirds|
|Light||Full sun to partial sun|
|Bloom Color||Deep red|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to fall|
|Uses||Container planters, borders, mass plantings|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|