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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    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.

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    Seeds available to purchase from Mount Vernon

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    Latin Name

    Gomphrena globosa


    Family

    Amaranthaceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals

    Bloom Season

    June - October


    Seasons

    Summer
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Dry Soil
  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies

    Colors


    Native Range

    Tropical America


    History

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


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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