August 23, 2015

Botanical Names: Globe Amaranth

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicots
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae (The Amaranth family)
Botanical name: Gomphrena globosa
Common Name: Bachelor's Buttons or Globe Amaranth
Malayalam Name: Vaadaamalli
Habit: Annual Herb

The most attractive part of this plant is not the flowers, but, colorful papery bracts. The true flowers are tiny, yellow colored. The true flowers and bracts together forms into a globe like structure. Flowers are long lasting. Best used as a border plant. Propagation is done by sowing dried flowers (seeds). Other popular members of the family Amaranthaceae are Amaranthus (Cheera) and Celosia (Kozhi-valan). 

globe amaranth
globe amaranth
globe amaranth
globe amaranth

Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala