Gomphrena globosa, globe amaranth, bachelor’s buttons.
I like the last of those names best but while I understand where ‘buttons’ come from, I can’t figure out the ‘bachelor’s’ bit.
The gomphrena was one of the first plants I could grow successfully as a kid, and I’ve never grown tired of its button-like flowers all these years.
Gomphrenas come in purple, pink and white. All three are lovely and grown together, they are even more so.
I can’t decide which I prefer; the vividness of the purple, the subtley of the pink or the purity of the white.
When in doubt, I’d plant all three. 😀
And then some time ago, I found strawberry colored ones. ‘Strawberry Fields’ comes in a delicious strawberry tone, just as its name suggests.
The flowers are sparser than their more robust siblings, but they look good enough to eat.
But I’m glad the other three just bloom their heads off. I could cut handfuls of their cheery flower heads and still have lots to spare.
Gomphrena flower heads are added to teas and is said to cleanse and detoxify, stop coughing, relieve tension and stress, and nourish the skin too.
And maybe it’s not just the flowers that can be used. The birds help themselves each time the flowers set seed, having what seems like a raucous seed party. I wonder if that means the seeds are edible for us too? 😉
Care and propagation: not fussy about soil; full sun; water moderately; propagate using seeds (self-seeds easily)