Globe amaranth

Gomphrena globosa 'Purple'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa 'Purple')
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Genus:  Gomphrena
A bushy, hairy-leaved annual, globe amaranth bears round purple flower bracts on thick stems in summer and early fall. This plant is useful as summer bedding or in a border or cutting garden. It is fairly drought tolerant and very heat tolerant. It grows to about 2 feet tall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Bushy habit and round purple flower bracts over a long period. Good for cutting and drying. Attracts butterflies.
Care:  Tolerant of most any well-drained soil of moderate fertility, but appreciates regular moisture. Full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 59° to 64°F in early spring indoors for earlier bloom, or outside after danger of frost has passed.
Problems:  Gray mold and fungal leaf spots can sometimes be problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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