“Showy” is an understatement when it comes to these bright globes of the summer garden. Not only do they sport bold colors, they add unique texture with their papery blooms. The more you cut, the more they bloom. This colorful blend becomes even more vibrant when pollinators discover it! Flowers last up to 2 weeks in the vase and are perfect for drying. Also known as globe amaranth, the tough plants don't flinch at hot, humid weather or even drought.
Botanical Name: Gomphrena haageana
Native: New Mexico, Texas, and Northern Mexico
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9-11; often grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 24″–26″ tall
Variety Information: 1″–1½” rounded clusters of bracts in orange, red, and carmine. The actual flowers are yellow or white tucked between bracts and very tiny, visible only close up.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7 – 14 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″
Special Instructions: Deadhead (cut spent blooms) for continuous flowering. To dry flowers, hang in a dark place or inside a paper bag for about 3 weeks until stiff. Be gentle with dried flowers as they are fragile and can shatter.
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning when flowers are about half open.