Gomphrena globosa
Common Name: common globe amaranth 
Type: Annual
Family: Amaranthaceae
Native Range: Central America and northern South America
Zone: 2 to 11
Height: 0.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to frost
Bloom Description: White to yellow with bright magenta bracts
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy, Good Dried
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil


Annual. Easily grown in average, well-drained soils in full sun. Although mature plants exhibit good drought resistance, plants grow best with regular moisture throughout the growing season. Extremely good heat tolerance. Sow seed directly in the garden after last frost date. Use ample amounts of seed since germination rate can be quite low. For earlier bloom, start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Most nurseries carry plants in cell/six packs. Set seedlings or purchased plants out after last frost date. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Gomphrena globosa, commonly called globe amaranth, is a compact annual that typically grows 12-24” tall on upright branching stems. The true flowers are insignificant, tiny, white to yellow trumpets that are only visible close up. It is the bright magenta bracts arranged in globose, papery-textured, clover-like flowerheads that provide the real show in a long summer to frost bloom. Cultivars expand the range of flowerhead colors to include red, pink, purple, lilac, violet and white. Long lasting fresh cut flower. Excellent dried flower (an everlasting) that retains color well. Narrow oblong to elliptic green leaves (to 4” long).

Genus name comes from the Latin name for a kind of amaranth usually grown as a dried flower.

Specific epithet means round or spherical.


No serious insect or disease problems. Taller plants may need staking. Mildew may attack drought-stressed plants.


Borders, rock gardens, cutting gardens, annual beds or containers. Also useful as an edger.