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Gomphrena globosa 'Purple' (Globe amaranth)

Gomphrena globosa 'Purple' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Gomphrena globosa 'Purple' gom-FREE-nah glo-BO-sah Common Name: Globe amaranth 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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