Globe-Amaranth – Gomphrena globosa

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Globe-Amaranth – Gomphrena globosa

Common Name: Globe-Amaranth

Botanical Name: Gomphrena globosa, gom-FREE-na glo-BO-sa

Decorative Life: 7 days.

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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.
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.