Plant Morphology : Growth Form: Herbaceous annuals that grows to 20–60 cm tall and 0.15–0.3 cm wide. Foliage: Leaves are opposite, oblong to oblong-obovate (2–13 cm long, 0.5–5 cm wide). Young leaves are woolly-white and turn green with sparsely white hairs when matured. Stems: Stem is erect, stout and branched with grey strigose hairs. Flowers: Terminal clover-like globose inflorescence about 20–25 mm wide and up to 38 mm long. Flowers are inconspicuous with papery showy bracts. Bracts are ovate with acuminate apex, 3–5 mm long, and come in shades of white, pink and purple. Bracteoles are dentate-cristate, 7–12 mm long and 2–3.5 mm wide. Fruits: Utricle fruit is unopened at maturity and about 1.5–2.5 mm long. Seeds are shiny reddish brown, reniform, 1.5–2 mm wide and encased in a thick coating.
Common globe amaranth's Behavior & Ecology
Gomphrena globosa prefers full sun and a moderately dry soil.
Common globe amaranth's Reproduction
Propagation is by seed planted directly into the garden or started early indoors.
Common globe amaranth's Relationship with Humans
Ethnobotanical Uses : Cut / Dried Flower (The long lasting and bright color flowers is excellent for cut flower arrangement.) [Others]: The flowers of Gomphrena globosa 'Thousand Day Red' are steeped in boiling water to make a tea. The tea has a fresh floral fragrance with sweet and mellow taste. It contains vitamin C and E and thought to reduce fatigue and slow aging.