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Amaranthus caudatus - Plant

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Amaranthus caudatus is a species of annual flowering plant. It goes by common names such as love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, tassel flower, velvet flower, foxtail amaranth, and quilete.

Common name: love-lies-bleeding
Color: Red
Bloom time: July to frost
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day. Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually. Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.

Sunlight: Full sun to part shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 68 F to 70 F

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Every leaf has a growth bud, so removing old flower blossoms encourages the plant to make more flowers instead of using the energy to make seeds.
  • Clean away from around the base of the rosebushes any trimmed debris that can harbor disease and insects.
  • Late in the season, stop deadheading rugosas so that hips will form on the plants.


Special Feature:
Best in hanging baskets where drooping flowers are best seen. May be used in beds or borders. Interesting edging along walks or paths.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Amaranthus caudatus is a species of annual flowering plant.
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  • 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 – where it is the most important Andean species of Amaranthus, known as kiwicha.


Note:
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Susceptible viruses, aster yellows and fungal leaf spot diseases. Plants grown in the ground may need staking or other support.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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