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Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) is probably the best-known amaranth and for good reason -- it's a showstopper. The plant can hit up to 5 feet, but what's amazing is its dripping, tassellike red flowers, which look like no other.
Another type of amaranth, Joseph's coat, has showy, almost gaudily marked leaves in greens, golds, purples, and pinks.
It can be difficult to find love-lies-bleeding in garden centers as established seedlings, so start them from seed directly in the soil. Joseph's coat is usually easier to find as an established plant.
Mimic the upright forms of amaranth with the plumes of celosia. You'll love the bold color all season long, and you can dry the flowers to enjoy for years to come.Mexican sunflower
Amaranth looks stunning next to Mexican sunflower, which is also a big plant that bears bright orange flowers adored by butterflies.Sunflower, annual
Contrast amaranth's unusual blooms with traditional sunflowers. Both plants look beautiful with little care.