The dark red Amaranthus caudatus is commonly called 'love lies bleeding' .
Amaranthus are not well-known as cut flowers in the UK, but have no other rivals for looks and have a very exotic appearance. Their upright or trailing flowerspikes have an unusual texture like chenille.
Native to South America
There are two main colours, a dark red and a lime green. The same colours are found in the upright varieties, though these reds can also have dark brown tints. There is a new bronze version too called "Hot Biscuits".
The main season is June to October
There are two main forms, an upright version A. hypochondriacus which has almost millet-like textured flowerspikes, and a dramatic trailing version A. caudatuswhich is like a long fluffy tail, with many smaller tails attached to the main stem.
Remove leaves as these fade quickly and are not very ornamental.