Love-lies-bleeding or tassel flower gets its unusual common name from its tiny blood red flowers that bloom in narrow, drooping, tassel-like clusters throughout the growing season and typically hang straight down to 12” and occasionally longer.
Easily grown in moist, average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
Best flowering in full sun, but appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost
Transplant or seed outdoors as soil reaches 70F
Seeds are easily harvested for planting the following year.
Native to India, Africa and Peru,
The seeds of this species are edible, and species plants are grown as a grain crop in some parts of South America. This plant is an everlasting whose flowers retain some color when dried for arrangements.
Aphids can be a problem and root rot can occur in poorly draining soil.
Ground grown plants may require staking but these flowers are amazing when used in a hanging basket.
Works well as a border and background plant and makes a striking contrast when grown in a grouping in your flower garden.
Attractive to butterflies and bees.
Local pickup for plants beginning in mid April at the Vermijo Village Growers Market.
Potted plants $4.00-7.00