Globe Amaranth

Gomphrena globosa

[gomphrena_globosa]

Jefferson planted seeds of this summer-flowering annual at Shadwell, his boyhood home, on April 2, 1767. A native of the Old World tropics, the globe amaranth was grown in Virginia by Williamsburg's John Custis as early as 1737, but it has long been cultivated for it's long-lasting flowers. At Monticello it was one of a limited number of heat-loving annuals suitable for the long Virginia summer. Today, it remains one of the most asked about flowers in the Monticello gardens.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Purple, Reds Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: East and West Lawns Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.010127,-78.452430

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jun 14 – Nov 152002: Jun 21 – Nov 222003: Jul 4 – Oct 312004: Jun 24 – Nov 122005: Jun 17 – Nov 222006: Jun 30 – Nov 152007: Jun 25 – Nov 152008: Jun 24 – Nov 172009: Jun 19 – Nov 162010: Jun 28 – Dec 12011: Jun 14 – Dec 62012: Jun 22 – Dec 42013: Jul 15 – Nov 132014: Jun 16 – current