Globe-Amaranth


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Common Name: Globe-Amaranth
Botanical Name: Gomphrena globosa (gom-FREE-na glo-BO-sa)
Decorative Life: 7 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth family).
  • Native to the Mediterranean region.
  • Related species include amaranth, celosia, blood-leaf.
Personality:
  • The spherical flower head is up to 1.5 inches across, composed of many tiny, clover-like flowers.
  • Stems 12-20 inches long.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers have no fragrance.
Availability: Summer.
Flower Color: White, orange, pink, purple.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F for short time.
Tidbits:
  • Other related species used for grain. Many members of the amaranth family are considered weeds such as pigweed, tumbleweed and water hemp.
  • The specific epithet name "globosa" means spherical, in reference to the flower shape.
  • Gomphrena is from an ancient name for an amaranth.
  • To use as dried flowers, strip leaves off stems and hang upside down to air dry. May also be preserved with glycerin.
Picture of Globe-Amaranth Globe-Amaranth
Common Name: Globe-Amaranth
Botanical Name: Gomphrena globosa (gom-FREE-na glo-BO-sa)
Decorative Life: 2-3 plus weeks depending on environment.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Leaves often go bad before flowers.
Harvest Instructions: Low winter light levels found in some production areas often prevent the growing of this species during that period.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth family).
  • Native to the Mediterranean region.
  • Related species include amaranth, celosia, blood-leaf.
Personality:
  • Spherical flower head is up to 1.5 inches across, composed of many tiny, clover-like flowers.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers have no fragrance.
Availability: Summer to year-round.
Flower Color: White, orange, pink, purple.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F for short time.
Tidbits:
  • Other related species used for grain. Many members of the amaranth family are considered weeds such as pigweed, tumbleweed and water hemp.
  • The specific epithet name "globosa" means spherical in reference to the flower shape.
  • Gomphrena is from an ancient name for an amaranth.
  • Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include 'Buddy Purple' and 'Buddy White'. Full sunlight would be best.
Recent Findings: Grodzinski, Boesel and Horton (1983) demonstrated that Gomphrena leaves produce 3 to 4 times more ethylene in the light than when held in the dark. Since it is common for this species not to have produced any measurable ethylene, it is therefore even more uncommon to see it mainly produced in the presence of light.