L., Sp. Pl. 990 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Love-lies-bleeding, tassel flower.
Erect annual to c. 1.5 m high, young parts pubescent; leaves reddish, ovate to elliptic, to c. 12 cm or more long (incl. petiole).
Flowers in drooping many-branched cylindrical spikes in leaf axils and terminal to c. 12 cm or more long, reddish; bracts and bracteoles ovate, with a long mucro, c. 2 mm long; perianth-segments 5, obovate, not attenuate, not greatly exceeding the bracts and bracteoles.
Fruit smooth, about as long as the perianth, circumsciss.
Image source: fig. 177b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Heywood (1978)Flowering plants of the world, p. 71.
Commonly cultivated as a garden ornamental.
S.Aust.: LE, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL. Naturalised in Qld; Vic. Possibly native to South America.
Flowering time: May — June (2 records).
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