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Characteristics: Flowering annual 1-1.8 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 100
Love-Lies-Bleeding will make a beautiful statement in your garden or as a wonderful container plant. Many parts of the plants, including the leaves and seeds, are edible, and are frequently used as a source of food in India and South America
With attractive light green foliage this plant becomes loaded with carmine red, large drooping tassels of flowers plumes in mid-summer and blooms right to the middle of winter.
The long red trusses give the plants an ornamental and graceful appearance. These are great for drying and also makes an impressive fresh-cut flower.
This heirloom variety was actually grown as a source of food "Inca Wheat" by the Aztecs in South America since at least the 16th century. In rich well drained soil, this annual will grow to about 80 cm high with a spread of about 80 cm and flower clusters up to 80 m long.
Tropical: Winter to Mid-Spring.
Temperate: Late Winter to Early-Summer.
Sow: 5mm deep.
For best results sow directly into soil where they are to grow.
Germination: 7-14 days.
Plant space: 80cm
Row space: 1 metre
Maturity: 10-12 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.
Adaptable to most soils in a sunny position. Drought resistant but frost tender.