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Amʹaranth

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Clement of Alexandria says—Amarantus flos, symʹbolum est immortalitaʹtis. The word is from the Greek amaranʹtos (everlasting). So called because its flowers never fade like other flowers, but retain to the last much of their deep blood-red colour.

“Immortal amarant—a flower which once

In Paradise, fast by the tree of life,

Began to bloom; but soon, for man’s offence,

To heaven removed, where first it grew, there grows

And flowers aloft, shading the found of life… .

With these, that never fade, the spirits elect

Bind their resplendent locks.”


Milton: Paradise Lost iii. 353–61.

⁂ In 1653 Christina, Queen of Sweden, instituted the Order of the “Knights of the Amaranth,” but it ceased to exist at the death of the Queen. Among the ancients it was the symbol of immortality.

The best known species are “Love lies bleeding” (amarantus caudātus), and “Prince’s feather” (amarantus hypochondriacus). “Cock’s comb” is now ranked under the genus Celosia.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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