"Amaranths such as crown the maids That wander through Zamara's shades."
Gomphrena globosa, - Globe Amaranth, - of which there are three common varieties, the white and the purple and the striped, are desirable for their heads of flowers, which, if gathered before they are too far advanced, will retain their beauty for several years. The seed is difficult to vegetate in the open ground; soaking in milk twelve hours is recommended; scalding, perhaps, would do better.
A powerful heat in the hot-bed will start it quick, and destroy the plant also, unless care is taken. Goiruphrena is said to be a name applied by the ancients to a plant bearing red and green leaves on the same stem; probably our Amaranthus tricolor, which is a well known tender annual, of some show.