Gomphrena Globosa. Globe Amaranth, or Bachelors Button, is an annual that displays pink, reddish, purple or white flowers and is excellent for drying. They hold their color and shape almost indefinitely. Globe Amaranth grow in neat mounds approximately two feet in height and prefer a sunny location with well drained soil.
Seeds can be sown indoors four to five weeks prior to the last spring frost and then transplanted to the garden or sown directly into the soil when the night temperatures are to remain above 50 degrees. Seeds take two weeks to germinate.
Globe Amaranth was grown in India in 1714 and reached the United States in the mid-1700s.
Heirloom seeds are collected from the gardens and grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon and cleaned and packaged by hand.