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Globe Amaranth

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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
East and West Lawns
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 14 to 2001 Nov 152002 Jun 21 to 2002 Nov 222003 Jul 4 to 2003 Oct 312004 Jun 24 to 2004 Nov 122005 Jun 17 to 2005 Nov 222006 Jun 30 to 2006 Nov 152007 Jun 25 to 2007 Nov 152008 Jun 24 to 2008 Nov 172009 Jun 19 to 2009 Nov 162010 Jun 28 to 2010 Dec 12011 Jun 14 to 2011 Dec 62012 Jun 22 to 2012 Dec 42013 Jul 15 to 2013 Nov 132014 Jun 16 to 2014 Nov 21
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