from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical Indian plant (Amaranthus caudatus) having clusters of small red flowers.
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- n. A tropical plant, Amaranthus caudatus, that has clusters of little red flowers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a species of amaranth (Amarantus melancholicus).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the red amaranths, Amarantus caudatus and A. Gangeticus, with crimson spikes and (sometimes) foliage, and small annual roots. Owing to the weak root, they often fall and lie prostrate in the garden.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. young leaves widely used as leaf vegetables; seeds used as cereal
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A garden, at one end of the house, was red with love-lies-bleeding and coxcombs, their deep hues contrasting with great clumps of marigolds and bachelor's-buttons, all claiming a preemption right over innumerable weeds and any amount of ribbon grass, that struggled hard to drive them out.
You know 'love-lies-bleeding' is a flower, but it sounds allegorical the way I have put it in.
In a moment he was gone, past the portulaca and love-lies-bleeding, past
Madeline sat very still, not saying a word, as she watched him march to and fro between the beds of verbena and love-lies-bleeding and portulaca.
There were hollyhocks, and noonsleeps, and tiger-lilies, and little patches of moss pinks, the tiny flowers all tangled in with their green foliage, and sweet williams, and love-lies-bleeding; and the children thought there was never such another garden in the world.
Pinks and columbines, mullein and Canterbury bells, the burning blue of lupin and larkspur, the magenta plush tassels of love-lies-bleeding, the streaked and goffered rosettes of the French marigolds – they have about them the harmonious confusion, the riotous immobility of a crowd of stage peasantry during the principals 'duet.
If only they wouldn't turn snapdragons into antirrhinums, love-lies-bleeding into amaranthus, and red-hot-pokers into kniphofias ....
"Give me yon spray of love-lies-bleeding," she said; then as it rested against the lily in her hand, "Wounds may be cured," she said.
I have been growing it for years as an ornamental, especially the cultivar love-lies-bleeding.
Among her favorites are the love-lies-bleeding plants she grew from seeds collected by a musician friend.