Floral Friday ~ Amaranthus
Such a showy and exotic looking flower, amaranthus adds a distinct interesting texture to arrangements. Today’s focus is on the ever popular hanging red and green as well as the creamy desert yearning varieties.
Facts about Amaranthus
- Amaranthus cultivation reached its height during the Aztec Empire. For the Aztecs, the Amaranthus represented nutritional value, in both therapeutic and the ritual usage.
- To this day, Amaranth grains are toasted much like popcorn and mixed with honey or molasses to make a treat called alegra, literally “joy” in Mexican Spanish.
- As Amaranthus was often mixed with blood and used in pagan ceremonies, it was nearly extinct when Christian culture spread in the Americas.
- Amaranthus leaves are oval, 2-4 inches long, starting out green or dark red and changing to bright yellow, orange or florescent pink at the top.
- Amaranthus foliage is used as edible greens (tastes like spinach), herbs, and grains in Africa, China, Greece, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet.
- Amaranthus caudatus is most typically known as the Love-Lies-Bleeding plant and serves as a border plant in flower gardens.
“Amaranthus | The Flower Expert – Flowers Encyclopedia.” The Flower Expert, www.theflowerexpert.com/content/growingflowers/flowersandseasons/amaranthus.