This charming annual is bringing vibrant colour to the Systematic Beds.
The tropical , subtropical and temperate family Amaranthaceae contains approximately 70 genera, of which Gomphrena is one, numbering some 90 species. Most are hairy annuals, though some are perennials, which occur in open, sandy soils to moist woodland in Australia and tropical Central and South America. All have opposite leaves and produce clover-like, globose, bracted flowerheads. Gomphrena globosa, or the globe amaranth, has vivid pink, purple or white bracts, which are held on erect stems in a drumstick fashion. A native of Panama and Guatemala this is a relatively easy annual for well-drained soils in full sun.