Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), is an annual tropical plant native to Central America from Panama to Guatemala. The Globe Amaranth’s almost uninterrupted blooms make it an absolute favorite for flower beds, containers, and borders, where it attracts butterflies and can withstand the summer heat.
Its sparkly pom-poms will last a long time in dried and fresh arrangements. Once you’ve planted this versatile annual, take a step back and watch it continue to beautify your landscape until it frosts.
Globe Amaranth, commonly known as Rudrakshi Hoova, Makhmali, and Vadamalli, is an edible plant in the Amaranthaceae family. The genus Gomphrena includes around 120 species.
The 1½ to 2″ long, clover-like evergreen flowers are borne on erect spikes from summer to frost. The individual flowers are non-descript, but the rigid, papery bracts that make up most of the structure are showy and colorful.
There are different varieties available in white, purple, and pink. Globe Amaranth grows 1 to 2 feet tall and one foot across with rigid, upright, branching stems. The opposite foliage is slender and long.
They start out white at a young age but lose this property with age, but remain hairy. The shaggy leaves pick up dirt quickly, so mulching around the plant is highly recommended for a clean appearance.