Gomphrena Dispersa Globe Amarath Summer Flower Plant
Whereas the normal globe amaranth, Gomphrena globosa, sometimes grows to a height of 20 in, and is popular for cutting and drying purposes, Gomphrena dispersa has a trailing habit. From a single point, the cylindrical shoots spread in every direction and eventually cover a square meter 103/4 sq ft of ground. From June, the cultivar Gomprena dispersa ‘Pink Pinheads’ bears V2-in wide flower heads in which the bracts provide the color. If you want to dry the flowers, they should be picked as soon as they are almost fully developed.
As soon as the plant fails to find any further support, it will begin to trail. It is therefore an excellent plant for hanging baskets. Make sure it is in a warm position, as globe amaranths come from tropical regions of the American continent and have a strong dislike of the cold, especially damp cold. Sow in March-April and wait until May before planting out the seedlings in a warm and sheltered place. You may also sow them directly in the garden from May.