Globe amaranth: Brush-like flower that is essential for celebration
By Xu Chenlu

In China, flowerbed decoration is essential during celebrations. Flowers will be arranged to display patterns and Chinese characters. Among the flowers that are usually grown on flowerbeds, the globe amaranth could be one of the most important, as the brush-shaped flower is a good "decorator."

Globe amaranth is also known as the bachelor's button. It is native to Central America, but is now grown globally. The tip of the plant can exhibit shades of purple, red, pink, white and orange, depending on different cultivars. The actual flower is actually small and hides in the flower head.

The globe amaranth starts blooming in June and may last until October. It is also a perfect choice to make dry flowers, making excellent additions to everlasting bouquets that you can use to decorate your home.

For gardeners hoping to cultivate this plant, here's some good news as the plant is not difficult to grow at all. The plant is quite resistant to drought and heat, and grows the best in full sun and regular moisture. It will grow in almost any type of soil except alkaline ones, therefore you do not have to prepare a special soil for it. During blooming season, the flower can attract many pollinators like bees and butterflies, adding vivid elements to your garden.

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