Species: Amaranthus caudatus
Common names: love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, tassel flower, velvet flower, foxtail amaranth, and quilete. Swedish name: rävsvans
Amaranthus caudatus is an annual plant which descends from South America. It is edible and the grain crop is an important source of food in India, some parts of West Africa and South America (where it is called kiwicha). It is rich in nutrients and high in protein. On top of all it is a gluten-free grain and classified as a superfood.
Description: There are a wide range of Amaranthus varieties with different characteristics. ‘Pony Tails’ and ‘Viridis’ (green tail) are two common varieties to buy from seed.
How to grow: Grow it in full or part sun. Amaranthus tolerates high heat and any soil as long as drainage is good. For faster growth and more flowers it needs water regularly. It does tolerate some drought once established. Since it is frost sensitive you have to wait until the ground has warmed up before planting it. You may plant the seeds directly in the garden bed or start it up indoors and then put it out. It is a large plant which takes its place. Use it as a centerpiece in a garden bed or in a large container. Why not making it a part of your edible garden? It is also suitable for a wildlife garden since it attracts birds. Amaranthus may become a weed in some regions. But in Sweden and other temperate areas that will not be a problem.
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