One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A South American plant with long, drooping tassels of crimson flowers. Cultivated today as an ornamental, it was formerly an important cereal-type crop in the Andes.
Amaranthus caudatus, family Amaranthaceae
- ‘Vernacular names such as love-lies-bleeding and florimer (flor-amor) reflect this misunderstanding.’
- ‘The dark red Amaranthus caudatus is commonly called 'love-lies-bleeding'.’
- ‘Here a bouquet of dahlias, astilbe, and love-lies-bleeding is tucked into a wire basket embellished with supermarket rhubarb.’
- ‘Love-lies-bleeding, prized for its rope-like, blood-red blossoms, has traditionally been used to stanch bleeding and treat internal hemorrhage.’
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