Gomphrena globosa

Names

Names

Scientific: Gomphrena globosa

English: Globe amaranth

Portuguese: Perpétua

Origins

Origins

Family: Amaranthaceae

Origin: Asia, Central and South America

Life Cycle: Annual

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameGomphrena globosa
English NameGlobe amaranth, Bachelor button.
Portuguese NamePerpétua, perpétua-roxa, perpétua-rosa, perpétua-branca, amaranto-globoso, gonfrena.
German NameEchte Kugelamarant.
FamilyAmaranthaceae
OriginCentral and South America and Asia.
HabitatThis species adapts very easily to different habitats.
Life CycleAnnual
Preferences CultivationRich and well-drained soils. Full sun, hot and humid climate.
Method of propagationSowing - seeds take one to two weeks to germinate. Can be sown at any time of year, but especially in the late spring or early summer.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from June to October. H:  0,9 m, ᴓ 0,6 m
Description of smells and flavorsThe aroma of the herbal tea is fresh, sweet with notes of lemon and menthol candies.
Properties MedicinalCough, expectorant, bronchitis, diabetes, Oliguria (urine output, lack of urine production). Traditionally used as an antitussive, to soften the voice and fight hoarseness, colds and laryngitis.
Properties EdibilityAs a Herbal Tea: The infusion dazzles in a yellow-straw to pink/purple has complex aromas that remind citrus and eucalyptus. For a better experience, heat the water to 85ºC, add the dried flowers and wait 5 minutes then, enjoy this surprising flavor. The tea has an intense fresh flavor that invades us, prefiguring notes of lemon and menthol candies.
Properties OtherThe dried flowers are used for decoration.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: leaves, petals and blooms. Pruning: Flowers. Harvest: the flowers after bloom.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators (bees and butterflies).
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesAs the flowers do not wilt, the plant was named perpetual, for this reason these flowers are preferred to adorn tombs. It is known that the Portuguese fado singer, Amália Rodrigues, drank an infusion of this plant to soften the voice before every concert.

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