What a great addition to your flower garden! Globe Amaranth seeds readily produce these bright little golf ball-like blooms. They look so attractive on the bushy, well-branched plant that they're the perfect complement to everything else in the sunny garden.
Butterflies will flock to the Gomphrena flowers, and they make an excellent cut flower for either fresh or dried arrangements. The flower heads are quite popular for use in dried arrangements and will hold their shape and color indefinitely.
Cut them early, just as the heads are opening, and hang them upside down in a warm, dark place to dry.
Gomphrena or Globe Amaranth is an annual bedding plant that grows 24 inches tall with a spread of about 1 foot. The branched stems are stiff and the plant has a bushy appearance. The leaves are oblong and from 4 - 6 inches long, and wooly-white when they are young.
The clover-like flower heads, 1 1/2 inches long, are on upright spikes from summer until frost. The individual flowers within the flower heads are inconspicuous, but the stiff, papery bracts that form the bulk of the structure are colorful and come in several showy shades.
Temperature: 68 - 75F Average Germ Time: 7 - 10 days Light Required: Yes Depth: Do not cover the seed but press it into the soil Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches