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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.
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Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Purple, Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
East and West Lawns
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
June 14, 2001 to November 15, 2001June 21, 2002 to November 22, 2002July 4, 2003 to October 31, 2003June 24, 2004 to November 12, 2004June 17, 2005 to November 22, 2005June 30, 2006 to November 15, 2006June 25, 2007 to November 15, 2007June 24, 2008 to November 17, 2008June 19, 2009 to November 16, 2009June 28, 2010 to December 1, 2010June 14, 2011 to December 6, 2011June 22, 2012 to December 4, 2012July 15, 2013 to November 13, 2013June 16, 2014 to November 21, 2014July 14, 2015 to November 11, 2015July 20, 2016 to November 12, 2016May 18, 2017 to November 10, 2017June 20, 2018 to October 17, 2018July 10, 2019

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