Monday, February 4, 2008

Love Lies Bleeding (the amaranthus)

Below is a photo of our namesake desert plant, Love Lies Bleeding. This type of amaranthus can grow to be up to two feet tall and blooms from mid summer to late summer/early fall. In addition to the fuchsia color seen here, the Love Lies Bleeding can also bloom pale pink, red, or purple. The plant always has a general downward motion about it with the leaves drooping towards the ground and the tassels of flowers cascading down.

Here is, from what I've gathered, a close up of the individual blooms the make up the tassels. Notice the heart shape with the tear drop coming down? I'm looking for factual confirmation of this, but it's certainly not a stretch of the imagination to see where the name Love Lies Bleeding came from.

More to come!

1 comment:

Imogen said...

Don't know if you will get this, so long after your original post, but:
First plant photo is of Amaranthus caudatus, a member of the plant family Amaranthaceae;
Second plant photo is of an entirely different plant, a Dicentra species, almost certainly D. spectabilis. Dicentras are members of the Fumariaceae or fumitory family.
It's surprising how much botany you can pick up if you work in the Admin offices of a botanical garden!
Best wishes