My garden is always filled with gomphrena. I have the purple and pink globe amaranth type, the spiky 'Fireworks' and now I have 'Little grapes'. I love them all.
There are several great things about Gomphrena. Number one is how well it does through Texas summers. By fall the plants are a mass of color. Second, they grow easily from seed planted in the ground. Many times the seed overwinter and the plants just pop up in all kinds of places. They do like the ground to be warm before they germinate.
On visiting the garden of one of our garden bloggers this spring I picked a few seeds from her "little grapes"and threw them in the ground in the vegetable bed. So that is where this plant grew all summer. I love the tiny, deep purple flower heads which grow at the end of thin wiry stems. I am really hoping that it will be easy to move the plant to a permanent home when it dies back to the ground. If we ever get winter this year!
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