Amaranth, Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth Seeds - (Amaranthus caudatus)

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SKU:
F1005
Seed Count:
Approx 100 seeds per pack
Type:
Annual
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
  • Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth - (Amaranthus caudatus)
  • Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth - (Amaranthus caudatus)
  • Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth - (Amaranthus caudatus)
$3.15

Description

Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth - Ropes of Beauty

Long, exotic ropes of rich, red flowers on spectacular, magnificent stalks. Impressive in the garden and cut fresh or dried. 

History

Grown by Thomas Jefferson as early as 1786. Sometimes called Inca wheat, Amaranthus caudatus was a staple grain for the Incas and Aztecs.  Nearly as important in their diets and as widespread in tropical areas of America as was maize (corn).

Uses

The cereal-like grain (about the size of a poppy seed) is high in protein, and high in lysine, an amino acid usually deficient in vegetables. In fact, amaranth seeds are extremely nutritious, with more protein than most cereals and a better balance of amino acids for the human diet than any other plant. The species is still cultivated in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, and now in India for its young leaves and seeds.

Growing Tip

Achieves best color in full sun and poor soils.

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