Globe amaranth is a tropical annual flower with small, cloverlike, papery flowers that continually bloom throughout summer.
Description: Globe amaranth can grow up to two feet with newer, smaller varieties that are bushy dwarfs. The flowers are about an inch in diameter and can be red, purple, magenta, orange, or off-white.
Propagation: Soak seeds in water for three to four days before sowing. Sow seeds in place in the garden after last frost. Seeds germinate in 14 to 21 days at 65 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Uses: The tall varieties are ideal for midborder. Use dwarf varieties for edging beds or borders or as a colorful ground cover.
Related species: Gomphrena haageana has yellow to orange, pinecone-shaped flowers.
Related varieties: Gnome is a compact, purple-flowering variety, growing only 9 to 12 inches tall. Strawberry Fields is bright red.
Scientific name: Gomphrena globosa
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