Globe Amaranth SEEDS, Purple FLOWERS- Gomphrena Globosa
GOMPHERENA make an excellent cut flower for either fresh or dried arrangements
Gomphrena (Gomphrena Globosa Purple) - 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.
How To Grow
Plant Gomphrena Globosa seeds indoors, several weeks before the last frost is expected, or directly outdoors when the temperatures have warmed. If sowing Gomphrena seeds indoors, transplant the seedlings to the sunny garden spot when they are several inches tall. If growing Globe Amaranth from flower seeds specifically for cutting, space the plants closer together to force the growth of longer stems.
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