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Amaranthus are also known as Love Lies Bleeding, Love Lies A Bleeding, Flaming Flower, Tassel Flowers, Fountain Plant, Molten Flower, Velvet Flower, Joseph's Coat, Foxtail, Quilete and Prince's Feather, Pendant Amaranth and Summer Poinsettia.  They originate from the American Tropics and parts of the plants such as the seeds and leaves are said to be edible (but please DO NOT eat them on my say so!). They are grown in Africa as a foodstuff.

The seeds apparently toasted like popcorn are mixed with molasses or honey and are called alegra which in Spanish and Mexican means joy. The plant is cooked as greens in Nepal, China, Greece, Tibet, Africa, Pakistan, and India.  Amaranthus are also used by the Western American Tribe, Hopi, to make a deep red dye. 



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There are different types of Amaranthus but those used most for weddings are the tasseled flowers seen in the image at the top of this page.  The plants themselves can grow up to 8 foot tall with the long tassels reaching the floor.  There are varieties which have upright flowers as pictured below.  Collectively they are available in red, purple, orange and green.  The red is said to be one of the deepest reds found in nature.   Some varieties of Amaranthus can be grown in the UK.  They flower from June onwards and when cut, last around a week in a vase though they can be dried for the winter.



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Picture of a Amaranthus Medley by www.deborahsilver.com



If you are looking for green wedding flowers ideas, then these will provide that perfectly.  The blooms whether upright or trailing, are incredibly architectural.  They can be used in so many way to make fabulous floral displays.  If you are looking for a stunning centerpiece, then plumes of these trailing from tall glass vases will definitely make your guests go "wow".  Hanging from tear drop or trailing bouquets; even handtieds, Amaranthus will give your flowers a fourth dimension, they look elegant and ultra modern.







Picture of a Amaranthus Arch created by www.elementsinbloom.co.uk







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Picture of a Amaranthus Bouquet by www.haleakalaflorist.com


Amaranthus will go with most types of flowers but are most stunning when they are placed in modern styled arrangements for example Bamboo stalks, twisted twigs of the Contorted Willow, Ornamental Cabbages, Peonies, Calla lilies, Orchids, Hydrangeas, Allium, Dahlia or Agapanthus.  Other mainstream flowers such as Roses, Gerbera's and Lilies also look great with them.  Remember that strong architectural shaped flowers need to be partnered with a similar styled flower in order to create a modern, contemporary feel as you can see in the picture of a Amaranthus arch above.






If you want a tall flower arrangement to brighten up a corner of your venue or perhaps to put on a table where your guest book is positioned, why not try and create something similar to the arrangement by Neibert pictured on the left.  They have used Peonies, Calla Lilies, Orchids, Hosta Leaves and Ivy with tails of the Amaranthus trailing down the side of a modern glass vase.  Very simple to arrange if you feel able. I recommend you practice before hand if you are planning to arrange your own wedding flowers.  Also remember to condition flowers and foliage before use or you may arrive at your venue to wilted flowers. 

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Picture of an Amaranthus arrangement by www.neibert.com






Picture of a Amaranthus buttonhole by www.wigmoreflorists.co.uk.



In terms of smaller bridal flowers, you can use the upright Amaranthus on their own for wedding buttonholes. The vibrant green ones look the best for these.  I would use three small sprigs. Just wrap the stems in floral stem and then cover with a satin ribbon.  As simple as that.  You could use the same idea for a corsage but add a flower to it such as a rose.  Even use a few tails of the trailing Amaranthus to surround a rose as shown in the picture on the right.  Wigmore florists have used a white rose, white orchid and asparagus fern.  


If you have long hair, are not wearing a veil and will have it trailing down your back; why not add a few tails of trailing Amaranthus pinned into a partial updo.  Might sound strange but it will look good.... trust me.



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