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Growing Amaranth

Botanical Name:

Gomphrena globosa

Life Cycle:

annual

Planting Time:

spring or summer; start indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost

Height:

12" to 24"

Exposure:

full sun; thrives in hot, dry locations

Soil:

rich, well-drained soil, neutral pH

Hardiness:

n/a

Bloom Time:

all summer

Flower:

red, orange, white, pink and purple

Foliage:

leaves are hairy and wooly-white when young, turning green as they age.

Propagation:

seeds

Suggested Use:

beds, borders, edging, cut flowers and dried arrangements

Growing Hints:

To grow for cut flowers or dried arrangements plant them closely together to force longer stems. Cut when flowers are just starting to open and hang upside down to dry.
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Interesting Facts:

Globe Amaranth is native to Panama and Guatemala in Central America. It was once a favorite of English gardens and also attracts butterflies.

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