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Amaranthus cruentus ‘Velvet Curtains’

Prince's Feather 'Velvet Curtains'

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.5m to 1m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourDark burgundy
  • Leaf ColourDeep purple

Description

Amaranthus cruentus ‘Velvet Curtains’ (Prince's Feather 'Velvet Curtains'). This cultivar has deep purple foliage and feathery flower spikes in a rich burgundy. Upright habit.

Characteristics

Annual, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Other common names

Love-lies-bleeding

Origin

The name Amaranthus comes from the Greek word 'Auapavboc' meaning 'one that does not wither' or 'unfading' and refers to the flowers.

Interest and use

Grown as an ornamental. Suitable for borders and tropical style planting.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Loamy, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Plant in a sunny, sheltered position with fertile, humus rich soil.

Propagation

By seed in late spring. The minimum germination temperature is 21 degrees.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids may sometimes be troublesome.

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