Amaranthus 'Red Velvet'
- Dr Henry Oakeley
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Amaranthus L. Amaranthoideae. Amaranth. Herbaceous perennial. Genus name means 'unfading' in reference to the durability of the colour in the flowers. 'Red Velvet' is a garden cultivar. Various species are used in Brazil 'to increase lactation'. Matthiolus (1569) in his commentary, unsurprisingly in view of its red flowers (the word 'flowers' is a synonym for menses), recommends Amaranthus for stopping heavy periods and leucorrhoea, as well as for coughing up blood and dysentery. Photographed in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London.