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am·a·ranth

, amaranthum (am'ă-ranth, am-ă-ran'thŭm), [C.I. 16185]
An azo dye; a soluble reddish-brown powder that turns magenta red in solution; used as a food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic coloring agent, and occasionally in histology.
[G. amaranthon, a never-fading flower]

am·a·ranth

(am'ă-ranth)
A weed (Amaranthus) of widespread geographic distribution; some species are consumed as a foodstuff; its prolific ability to produce seed allows its use as a flour. Purported value both internally and externally (e.g., astringent).
Synonym(s): love-lies-bleeding, red cockscomb.
[G. amaranthon, a never-fading flower]
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Sorrentino's "Poet" also tries "to get the Love-lies-bleeding," though he takes the colloquial name for the summer amaranth literally, referring not to the dripping cardinal flower but to the marital meltdown unfolding in his house.
Thankfully, it looks as if our garden will never be without the dramatic plant love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus).
Enjoyable sequel to Love-Lies-Bleeding begins on VE day in Canada.
Love-lies-bleeding is not everyone's favourite flower but gives an undeniably striking display of tassels late into the season.
Plenty of seeds can be sown directly, including pheasant's eye (Adonis aestivalis), love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus), annual woodruff (Asperuis azurea), Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia), cornflower (Centaurea), marigolds, Californian poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Convolvulus tricolor, Coreopsis, Clarkia elegans, Clarkia pulchella, larkspur (Consolida ejacis), Viper's bugloss (Echium lycopsis) and Star of the Veldt (Dimorphotheca aurantica).