Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome Purple’ & ‘Gnome White’ (Globe Amaranth)

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome Purple’ and ‘Gnome White’ (Globe Amaranth’ after I bought them home on 6-7-18, #455-9.

Globe Amaranth

Gomphrena ‘Gnome Purple’ and ‘Gnome White’

Gomphrena globosa

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Synonyms of Gomphrena globosa (7) (Updated on 11-8-22 from Plants of the World Online): Amaranthoides globosa (L.) M.Gómez (1897), Gomphrena eriopoda Gillies ex Moq. (1849), Gomphrena globosa var. carnea Moq. (1849), Gomphrena globosa var. golmerata Makino (1940), Gomphrena rubra Moq. (1849), Gomphrena tumida Seidl ex Opiz (1825), Xeraea globosa (L.) Kuntze (1891)

Gomphrena globosa L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Gomphrena. Both the genus and species were named and described by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753. 

As of 11-8-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 137 species in the Gomphrena genus. It is a member of the plant family Amaranthaceae with 183 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.


Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome Purple’ on 6-7-18, #455-10.

I brought a 4-pack of Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome’s’ home from Muddy Creek Greenhouse on June 7, 2018. They had a lot to choose from and I found a pack with two purple and two white. They also had some 4-packs with pink, but I really didn’t need any more pink. I try to avoid pink flowers although I have my share because some plants only have pink flowers. I needed to put something in the bed on the left side of the steps on the north side of the house and these seemed to be perfect. The Conoclinum coelestinum (Blue Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum) dad got from his Aunt Inez had been there for years but only two came up from seed in 2018. So, I needed to fill part of that spot. 

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ on 6-7-18, #455-11.

Family: Amaranthaceae
Origin: The species is native to parts of Mexico and northern South America
Zones: Grown as an annual in USDA Zones 2-11.
Size: 6-10” or more. The species grows around 24” tall.
Light: Sun
Soil: Average, well-drained soil
Water: Average. Drought resistant once established but performs best with regular watering.

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome Series’ on 6-11-18, #458-5.

This is my first time growing Gomphrena globosa so I don’t have much experience to share yet.

According to the internet, Gomphrena is easy to grow and provides continuous flowers all season. They are supposed to be tough performers once established.

Information says they require well-draining soil in full sun. Hmmm… They are supposed to be fairly drought tolerant but perform their best with regular watering… Like most plants.

Well, that seems simple enough. We will see how well they do. I will continue adding photos and information as time goes by.

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ in the northeast corner bed on 74-18, #469-5.

The Gomphrena ‘Gnome Purple’ fizzled out but the two white-flowered plants continued on. Also in the bed are Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’, Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’, Cenchrus setaceus ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass), Conoclinum coelestinum, Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’, and Isotoma fluviatilis (Blue Star Creeper).

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ on 7-13-18, #477-10.

The Gomphrena ‘Gnome White’ looked very good with its white clover-like flowers against the green foliage.

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ on 7-29-18, #487-44.


Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ in the northeast corner bed on 7-29-18, #487-18.

The Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ continued to do very well in the northeast corner bed.

Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ on 7-29-18, #487-45.


The northeast corner bed on 8-26-18, #499-7.

By the end of August, the northeast corner bed proved to be a hit for the season. The Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ had filled its purpose quite well.

The northeast corner bed on 10-5-18, #516-1.

Despite the Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ wanting to take the entire bed over, the Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ never gave up.

I give the Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ a Belmont Rooster FIVE GOLD STAR rating for continual flowering, drought tolerance, growth habit, and so on. Even when temps started cooling off, it even tolerated a few light frosts. Hopefully, I will find more of these in the spring of 2019.

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