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This magenta gem is well suited to the front of the border. Its lush blooms are attractive to butterflies, and they hold their color well when cut for use in dried arrangements.

Latin Name

Gomphrena globosa



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

June - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 2'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Clay Soil
  • Dry Soil
  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Tropical America


    John Custis said in 1742, "I esteem it one of the prettiest things I ever saw."

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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