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Globe amaranth

Gomphrena globosa 'Purple'

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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 CharacteristicsBushy habit and round purple flower bracts over a long period. Good for cutting and drying. Attracts butterflies.

CareTolerant of most any well-drained soil of moderate fertility, but appreciates regular moisture. Full sun.

PropagationSow seed at 59° to 64°F in early spring indoors for earlier bloom, or outside after danger of frost has passed.

ProblemsGray mold and fungal leaf spots can sometimes be problems.

  • Genus : Gomphrena
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 11
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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