Grains/Seeds, Amaranth Elephant

Light: Sun
Type: Annual
Height: From 1 to 8 feet
Width: 1-3 feet wide

Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) is probably the best-known amaranth and for good reason — it’s a showstopper. The plant can hit up to 5 feet, but what’s amazing is its dripping, tassellike red flowers, which look like no other.

Another type of amaranth, Joseph’s coat, has showy, almost gaudily marked leaves in greens, golds, purples, and pinks.

It can be difficult to find love-lies-bleeding in garden centers as established seedlings, so start them from seed directly in the soil. Joseph’s coat is usually easier to find as an established plant.

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