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PlantFiles: Globe Amaranth, Gomphrena
Gomphrena globosa

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Gomphrena (gom-FREE-nuh) (Info)
Species: globosa (glo-BOH-suh) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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15 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RetiredGeek On Oct 31, 2014, RetiredGeek from Denison, TX wrote:

Here in N. Central Texas (almost in Oklahoma) my Gomphrena perpetua are growing quite well. They have been providing steady blooms since planted last spring and it is now October 31st. As mentioned earlier, they seem to do well even if the soil is not the best. Because we never quit know how many 3-digit temperature days we will get my Gomphrena perpetua are planted where they get good morning to mid-day sun and have shade from a big oak tree during the hotter part of the day.

Positive liz2525 On Sep 29, 2014, liz2525 from Canandaigua, NY wrote:

Hello, these are beautiful and very interesting. One of my planters with these plants in it Is growing small dark yellow daisies! How is this possible? the petals are rounded so the are a little different than the average Daisies, but... very cute.


Positive Limestonelin On Aug 28, 2013, Limestonelin from SPRING BRANCH, TX wrote:

Love 'em, they reseed in full sun, crummy soil!!!

Positive klw414 On Oct 26, 2009, klw414 from Newnan, GA wrote:

These were beautiful in my Newnan, GA garden this year. I found them at a local nursery and planted them with vinca and petunias. The got much larger than I expected and required little additional water, even during a very long dry spell earlier in the summer. I will try to gather seeds to plant for next year and use them in more places in my yard.

Positive gamgam On Oct 25, 2009, gamgam from Collierville, TN wrote:

I love the plant, but want to collect seeds for next year. What do the seeds look like? I have grown many varieties of amaranth, all having tiny black seeds. I've harvested the dried flowers of the globe. and am getting no seeds like I've collected from the other varieties.

Positive tj_1964 On Jul 21, 2009, tj_1964 from Collingwood, Ontario
Canada wrote:

Collingwood, Ontario - These Beautiful unique flowers are surviving here. I planted them amongst my new roses which still have to grow. I have the bright pink and the orange/dark rust varieties. They are in triple mix soil (which is a little acidic as it is under our cedar tree but receiving a minimum of 5 hours of light per day. They are doing marvellously and everyone remarks on them as no one has seen them before. They transplant very well and seem to be drought resistant and cold resistant - it's been as cool as 46F at night this year (2009). I am told to let it go to seed in the fall, and plant those seeds this fall.

Positive purplegecko4 On Jun 18, 2009, purplegecko4 from Debary, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this plant! It is carefree, drought tolerant, and beautiful. It keeps it's shape and blooms all summer. I have both the purple and pink varieties, and they are one of my favorite plants. Everyone in Florida should try this one.

Positive fcwalker On Mar 6, 2008, fcwalker from Hadley, NY wrote:

Found 1 six pack last year and planted it in my herb garden to add color around the basil. Not knowing how large it would get, I ended up moving it around to other areas in the garden. It bloomed all through the summer and to frost, sustained well through all weather conditions my region 4-5 could throw at it in my partly shaded yard. This little lovely did so well, I've collected dozens of seeds and am starting my own flat. I agree with others, the purple is my favorite.

Positive Anitabryk2 On Oct 1, 2007, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I absolutely loved this plant. It filled in the space very nice and kept up a wonderful display of blooms from July through frost. I was a fantastic cut flower as well.

Negative Rainbowman18 On Dec 26, 2006, Rainbowman18 from Weston, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Sorry to say, but I did not have luck growing this particular plant specimen. I see it needs full sun, and maybe my location was a bit too shady for proper growth. I might try to grow it in the future under proper conditions. Does anyone know the best way to propagate this plant?

Positive shellabella On Aug 29, 2006, shellabella from West Central, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I first bought these as a fill in until some of the plants in my new beds became larger. These quickly became my little grandaughter's favorite flowers. I have given them little attention . This is our rainy season and I expect to have to water them as needed during the drier months. Where my larger plants have grown these still manage to show themselves quite well . I love the stages of color the blooms have which gives a variation throughout the beds.

Positive ShelfLife On Jul 2, 2006, ShelfLife from Clearwater, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've found this plant does well either in a container with rich potting soil or in the sandy soil we have here. But while some find it "drought tolerant", I find (in FL) it requires a goodly bit of supplemental water to do well.

Positive Suze_ On Jan 19, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Easy to grow, nice border plant, fairly drought tolerant.

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like to pot some of these plants for interest around the garden. They come in so many pretty colors, but I love the vibrant purple the best, it looks great in a pot sitting near my yellow roses.

Positive htop On Nov 15, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
I found that these perform better in poor soil, no fertilizer and regular supplemental water in hot weather. Mulching in hot climates helps also. Until I discovered this, the plants just withered, turned white and died.

Globe amaranth, native to Panama and Guatemala, has attained naturalized status in Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virgin Islands and Virginia. It is grown as an annual bedding plant attaining a 1-2 feet height and one foot width. It has a bushy habit with branched, stiff and erect stems.The branched stems are erect and stiff and the plant has a bushy appearance. The flowerheads are produced on upright spikes from summer until frost. They are composed of stiff, colorful and papery bracts which are very flashy. The inconspicuous individual flowers within the flowerheads are extremely small, but there are many of them. The globe amaranth is available in shades of white, pink and purple. Butterlies love this plant.

Plant its seeds after soaking them for a day or two in the spring after all danger of frost has past. Plant the seeds close together to force them to produce long stems for flower arrangements and/or dried flower arrangements. The flowerheads are used extensively in dried arrangements and will hold their shape and color indefinitely. Just as the heads are opening, cut them and hang them upside down in a warm, dark place to dry.

Neutral suncatcheracres On Nov 15, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I tried to grow this unusual annual out by my mailbox in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, one Summer, but it died out rather quickly. I bought the plants as a six-pack, in flower, late in the Spring, so they were obviously greenhouse grown. Perhaps they peaked too early, or couldn't stand the transition from a greenhouse to my hot, sunbaked mailbox out by the street and the driveway. The heavy, red clay soil was amended and they got plenty of water--perhaps too much? So they were replaced that Fall by maroon-flowered, perennial mums that did very well out there for several seasons.

I loved the unusual flowers, and I think I will try to grow them again, but from seed this time. I'm really dissatisfied with the greenhouse-grown six packs of pretty annuals offered every Spring at all the plant nurseries, especially the large garden areas of the discount "big box" stores. They look so beautiful, but rarely do well when brought into the real-world, often quite harsh conditions of a Southern garden.

Neutral Crimson On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Be sure to cut the flowers early, when they have just formed, if you plan on use for a dried flower arrangement... otherwise they tend to fall apart after they dry.

Positive Terry On Mar 16, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

An easy annual to grow. Bushy plant with round, clover-like flower heads in colors from white, pink, red, lavender or purple. Often planted in the front of the border, or in containers for season-long color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Daphne, Alabama
Denver, Colorado
Bartow, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Clearwater, Florida (2 reports)
Debary, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Webster, Florida
Weston, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Newnan, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia (2 reports)
Hampton, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Hi Hat, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Florence, Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Ronkonkoma, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Okeene, Oklahoma
Anderson, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Collierville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Blanco, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Katy, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Odessa, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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