Gomphrena

(Gomphrena globosa) Gomphrena is an annual member of the amaranth family and is native to Central America, specifically Panama, Brazil and Guatemala. The everlasting flowers are beloved across many cultures for adorning altars and making decorations. The flowers have also been used by many cultures for their medicinal properties. The very easy-to-grow plants produce profusions of small round heads that make excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried. A super long season bloomer, gomphrena provides beds of color over the entire summer and into fall and attracts butterflies. Sow seeds 1/8-1/4 inch deep indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost, or direct sow after, spacing plants 6 to 8 inches apart. Seeds germinate in 10-14 days. You may presoak seeds for 24 hours to speed germination (but this is not necessary). Plants prefer full sun and well-draining soil and are considered quite heat and drought tolerant.  

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