GOMPHRENA GLOBOSA (Globe Amaranth )
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.
The true flowers are insignificant, tiny, and white to yellow trumpets that are only visible close up. It is the bright magenta bracts arranged in globose, papery-textured, clover-like flower heads that provide the real show in a long summer to frost bloom. Cultivars expand the range of flower head colors to include red, pink, purple, lilac, violet and white. Long lasting fresh cut flower. Excellent dried flower (an everlasting) that retains color well. Narrow oblong to elliptic green leaves (to 4” long).
Genus name comes from the Latin name for a kind of amaranth, possibly this one, usually grown as an “everlasting”.
Bushy habit and round purple flower bracts over a long period. Good for cutting and drying. Attracts butterflies