AMARANTHUS caudatus - Love Lies Bleeding

Heirloom

SKU: F 406
Stock: In Stock

Family: Amaranthaceae
Characteristics: Flowering annual 1-1.8 m

Seed per packet: Approx 300
Seed per Gram: Approx 1500

Size:
$4.25 AUD Inc. GST

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 make 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.

Grow notes:

Adaptable to most soils in a sunny position. Drought resistant but frost tender.

Tropical: Winter to Mid-Spring.
Temperate: Late Winter to Early Summer.
Cold: Spring

Sow: 5mm deep.
For best results sow directly into the 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.

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