Amaranthus - Hanging

Common Names: Amaranthus, Amaranth, Prince's Feather, Love Lies Bleeding, Cat Tail, Tassel Feather, and Summer Poinsettia

Botanical names: Amaranthus, (am-a-RAN-thus)

Availability: Summer and autumn

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Erect and brush-like flower racemes with very long trailing spikes.

Color: Red, shades of red, green and cream

Botanical facts: Amaranthus is a popular and easy to grow garden flower. It is abundant in the late summer Farmer's Markets.

Design notes: Hanging Amaranthus, a variety with drooping slender spikes up to 18 inches long, adds dramatic interest to floral designs and is very popular among floral designers. Very good for usage in Hogarth Curve, Cascade and Waterfall designs.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when the blooms are open, but still bright, and the foliage is green and turgid.

Conditioning: Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercialfloral food for two hours before storage or usage.