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Gomphrena sp., Globe amaranth, Bachelor's buttons
Gomphrena haageana 'Carmine'

Gomphrena sp.

Globe amaranth, Bachelor's buttons
Family: Amaranthaceae
Origin: Central Tropical America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Gomphrenas are used in annual beds and borders. In masses, the round flowerheads produce an interesting texture, and their bright colors last late into the season. Their low stature makes them well suited for edging around taller plantings. Globe amaranth is often grown in containers on the porch or deck. The conelike flowerheads are beautiful in dried arrangements and will hold their shape and color indefinitely. To grow gomphrena for cut flowers or dried arrangements, plant closely together to force longer stems.

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