Latin: Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.
Synonyms: Love-lies-bleeding, red cockscomb.
Flattened stems bear clusters of minute flowers which are hidden by tapering red coloured bracts.
Flowers August till the first frost.
Parts used: Flowering herb.
Magenta red pigment
Decoction internally applied for mouth and throat ulcers and ulcerating conditions. Topically for leg ulcers.
Presumed safe, reports of unsafe actions are unsubstantiated. Widely used as a food colourant.