Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Plants in Early American Gardens - Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
Love-lies-bleeding Seeds (Amaranthus caudatus)
When Thomas Jefferson noted "amarenths" on an 1806 list of flowers, he was probably referring to Love-Lies-Bleeding, a curious summer annual cultivated by the earliest American flower gardeners. Its common name suggests the unusual, cascading red flowers that droop almost to the ground and can be cut for fresh or dried arrangements.