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Love Lies Bleeding

Amaranthus caudatus

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Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) at Green Haven Garden Centre

Love Lies Bleeding flowers

Love Lies Bleeding flowers

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Love-Lies-Bleeding

Ornamental Features

Love Lies Bleeding features bold chains of cherry red flowers dangling from the stems from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its large textured pointy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Love Lies Bleeding is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Love Lies Bleeding is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Love Lies Bleeding will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features