Globe amaranth Gomphrena globosa 'Purple' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa 'Purple') gom-FREE-nah glo-BO-sah 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 Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Annuals Gomphrena globosa 'Purple'View the discussion thread.