Common Name:- Love-lies-bleeding

Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Amaranthus (Gr) Unfading, reference to the everlasting flowers.
                  Caudatus (L) Produced into a tail, tailed.

General description:- Erect to arching annual.

   a) 30-150 cm.
   b) stout not or sparingly branched.
   c) sparsely pubescent to almost hairless (glabrous).

   a) 2.5-15 x 1-8 cm.
   b) long-stalked (petiolate).
   c) rhombic-ovate to elliptic.

1) Inflorescence:
   a) usually reddish.
   b) consisting of one or several long, penulous, tail-like spikes.
2) Bracteoles:
   a) ovate narrowing gradually to a point (acuminate).
   b) usually with a pale or reddish bristle-like pointed axis (arista) formed by the   
extended midrib.
   c) about 1.2-1.5 times as long as the perianth, but usually not exceeding the
       style branches.
3) Perianth segments:
   a) 5, c. 2 mm long, obovate to broadly spathulate, ending abruptly in a sharp
       point (mucronate), distinctly overlapping.

   a) 2-2.5 mm, usually longer than the perianth.
   b) weakly wrinkled.
   c) splitting transversely.
1) Seed:
   a) c. 1 mm.
   b) black, brownish or white.

Key features:-
1) Terminal inflorescence usually tail-like, pendulous, reddish or purplish.
2) Perianth segments distinctly overlapping.

Habitat:- Fallow fields, gardens and ruderal places. 0-600(-1000) m.

Distribution:- Scattered in Greece. A "homeless", cultivated as an ornamental and
maybe not fully naturalised in Greece. Rare on Crete, currently known from only
three locations in the west.

Flowering time:- May-Nov.

Photos by:- An Other
The occurence of this plant is most probably seriously underestimate owing to it's popular use as horta