Amaranthus caudatus L.
Amaranthus edulis Speg.
Pendent Amaranth, Love-lies-bleeding, Tassel Flower, Velvet Flower, Foxtail Amaranth, Quilete, Foxtail amaranth
This plant is found in Africa, India and South America, and probably originates in the Andes of South America. In the U.S., Amaranth is grown for food as well as for its showy cultivars. It was a staple grain for the Incas and Aztecs. Bushes are up to five feet tall and 18-30" (45-76 cm) wide. Many species of Amaranth are common weeds, such as pigweed.
Identification: The brilliant tassels of the cultivars reach lengths of two feet. They are richly colored, usually red, purple, or white, sometimes green, silvery green, or yellow; and velvety in texture. Although they are a popular as landscaping plants, they rarely escape into the wild.
Edibility: The tender young leaves are edible, and the seeds are eaten raw or milled into flour. Amaranthus is increasingly popular in the U.S. as a healthy food source.
Amaranthus caudatus on FLORIDATA
Amaranthus caudatus at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Amaranthus caudatus on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Amaranthus caudatus on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Amaranthus caudatus on Horticopia
Amaranthus caudatus on eFloras
Amaranthus caudatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.