• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Amaranthus caudatus

Love-lies-bleeding

Love-lies-bleeding

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  • Other common names Love-lies-bleeding
    Careless

    Cat tail
    Chenile plant
    Floramor
    Inca wheat
    Lady's riding whip
    Tassel flower
    Teasel flower
    Thrumwort
    Tumbleweed
    Velvet flower

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  • Genus Amaranthus can be upright or spreading annuals or short-lived perennials, with simple leaves and tiny flowers borne in dense, erect or pendulous, catkin-like inflorescences in summer and autumn

  • Family Amaranthaceae / Amaranthaceae

  • Species A. caudatus is a bushy, erect annual or biennial, with large ovate leaves and drooping, crimson tassel-like racemes of tiny flowers in summer and autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun, in a sheltered site. Will tolerate poor soil, but then requires watering freely during dry periods in summer. Large enough to make an architectural feature, the flowers can be used for fresh or dried arrangements and birds love the seedheads

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in-situ in mid-spring , thin to 60cm apart

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Cottage & Informal Garden Prairie Planting Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests Can get aphids

Diseases A virus may cause problems

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