The New Student's Reference Work/Amaranth

Am'aranth (meaning unfading), a class of plants of which the flowers are composed of dry, colored scales and which retain their colors for a long time after they are plucked. Because of this fact the flowers are made emblems of immortality, and are frequently so used in poetry. The cockscomb, prince's feather, love-lies-bleeding and globe amaranth are common kinds of this plant.