Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’
WHITE GLOBE AMARANTH
Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’ has outstanding globes of pure white.
(The QIS part of the name stands for Quality in Seed and is an international denomination))
QIS stands for Quality in Seed
The QIS range of Gomphrena have been specially bred as a modern improvement over standard seed varieties.
So QIS Gomphrena now have much more uniform, upright growth, beautiful colours, bigger flower size and longer, stronger flower stems.
Making Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’ a prolific bloomer from mid-summer to first frost.
Excellent fresh or dried cut flowers
Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’ is an upright grower, standing proud.
So florists love it as much as home gardeners do.
Because the more you cut, the more flowers it gives and the bushier it grows.
Making this lovely Globe Amaranth a true “cut & come again” flower.
Everlasting globe blooms
Globe Amaranth is an everlasting style flower (actually a bract) with a firm papery texture.
So they are brilliantly long lasting when cut fresh for the vase.
And superb as dried flowers, holding their firm everlasting texture, and unfading bright white for ages.
Perfect for bridal bouquets & eco friendly confetti
With perfect globes of white, Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’ is indispensable for bridal bouquets and arrangements, or just for decorating the house in a vase.
The dried flower heads are also popular as environmentally friendly confetti.
Thrives in frost, drought & heat
The White Globe Amaranth is drought tolerant once established in the garden or field.
It is a native plant of Texas and Mexico, where it happily copes with hot, as well as humid summers.
So this is one plant that will love our sub-tropical gardeners just as much as it thrives for gardeners in temperate regions.
Globe Amaranth revels in the sun and heat of summer, as well as serenely coping with summer humidity. .
And the white does not fade or discolour.
So it is ideal for gardeners with hot conditions or limited water, seaside, sandy and windy sites.
The plants have a long tap root and forage for water well, thriving with a minimal weekly top up watering when needed.
Not fussy about soil or fertilizer
Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’ is not choosy about soil type either, thriving in everything from sandy loam to clay based soils.
As long as the site is well drained.
Globe Amaranth plants are best grown a little lean and mean – so do not overfertilize for best flowering performance.
So easy to raise & grow
Gomphrena globosa ‘QIS White’ is fast growing.
It is actually a perennial in warm areas, but is so quick to grow it is often used as an annual.
45cm. High with jaunty white globes x 30cm Wide foliage.
Looks great massed or in drifts and splendid in a pot.
Rabbits & deer are not keen
The leaves, stems and papery flowers are not attractive to rabbits and deer.
So they tend to have it at the bottom of their “nibble list.
However Globe Amaranth is an unusual but tasty addition to salads for us humans and for cooking. It is related to spinach.
And young shoots, fresh leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds are all edible and relished in some cultures for both salads and hot dishes. At the end of autumn when flowering is finished, the roots are also used like carrots.
It has also been used in folk medicine to treat a wide range of ailments from diabetes, coughs, dropsy and high blood pressure.
And it is still widely used in modern herbal tonics as well as in Globe Amaranth tea.
Magnetic for bees, butterflies & useful pollinators
Bees, butterflies and our other pollinating friends just love Globe Amaranth flowers.
And appreciate them for their very long blooming season through all the hot months when many other flowers have already given up.
How to dry Globe Amaranth Flowers: Simply cut the stem to the base, remove the foliage, and hang them upside-down in a dry, well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight – such as a pantry or garage. ‘QIS White’ remains white for years when dried.
And dried flower heads can be stored in an airtight, dark glass jar for future use.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Seeds can be sown directly in the garden in spring / or indoors at any time for early advanced plants. Early indoor sowing will give the longest blooming season.
Indoors: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently pat the seeds to the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
And cover lightly to a depth of 3mm approx. with sieved mix, grit or vermiculite.
Now place in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
And continue to keep moist.
Covering the punnet with a clear plastic lid or bag helps to maintain moisture.
Light aids germination.
And you can use a heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential as these seeds are willing germinators providing they are warm.
Temperatures around 20-25°C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Then seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
From sowing the seed to flowering is approx. 3 months.
Seed Count: 25 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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