Amaranthus, (collectively known as Amaranth and often called Love Lies Bleeding), is closely related to Celosia. Amaranthus is a traditional food plant in Africa and has the potential to improve nutrition.
The flowers of red amaranthus were used by the Hopi, (a tribe from western America), to make a deep red dye.
The word ‘amaranthus’ is derived from the Greek word ‘amarantos’, meaning ‘unfading’, and the word ‘anthos’, meaning ‘flower’.
As a commercially available cut flower, amaranthus is available in two main categories – upright varieties and trailing varieties. Amaranthus is sold in the wholesale flower markets in wraps of 10 stems. Upright red amaranthus varieties are generally available between August & November, green upright amaranthus between June & November and trailing amaranthus varieties between July & November.
Trailing amaranthus has slender drooping spikes of flowers approximately 45cm long and is a florists favourite when it comes to adding dramatic effect to pedestal arrangements etc in wedding flowers.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut amaranthus please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with cold luke warm and add flower food.
- Place the amaranthus in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the amaranthus in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.