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.
It grows up to 75 cm in height, best in full sun. It can handle a variety of conditions, both humid and arid. It is easily grown from seed.
In most of its range, it is planted as a summer annual. In temperate regions, plants can be started indoors in early spring and transplanted outdoors after the last frost.
Annual. Easily grown in moist, average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun, but appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date or purchase starter plants. When grown from seed, flowers usually don’t appear until approximately 3 months after sowing. Set out plants after last frost date. Space smaller varieties 8-12” apart and larger varieties to 18” apart. Seed may be harvested from garden plants for planting the following year.
Info source: missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Amaranthus
Species - Caudatus
Variety - Viridis
Common name - Love-lies-bleeding
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual
Hardiness zones - 2 - 11
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Height - 0.75 m
Spread - 0.30 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - July to frost
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Green
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Humous, loamy, clay, well drained
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, no overwatering
Landscape uses - Best in hanging baskets where drooping flowers are best seen. May be used in beds or borders. Interesting edging along walks or paths.
Sow indoors in early spring (March - April) and plant out once the danger of frost has passed in May or June.
Press seeds into soil. Do not cover.
Keep moist and warm.
Germinates in 10-20 days.
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