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Vadamalli/Amaranth Plant


Binomial Name – Gomphrena globosa L.

Name – Vadamalli/Amaranth Plant
Binomial Name – Gomphrena globosa L.

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Vadamalli (Gomphrena globosa), commonly known as globe amaranth, bachelor’s button, makhmali and vadamalli.

It is an edible plant from the family Amaranthaceae.

Gomphrena globosa is native to Central America including regions Panama, and Guatemala and now grown globally.

As a tropical annual plant, G. globosa blooms continuously throughout summer and early fall.

It is very heat tolerant and fairly drought resistant, but grows best in full sun and regular moisture.

The round-shaped flower inflorescences are a visually dominant feature and cultivars have been propagated to exhibit shades of magenta, purple, red, orange, white, pink, and lilac.

The edible plant G. globosa has been used in herbal medicine.

The flowers of G. globosa are rich in betacyanins which have a wide range of applications as additives and supplements in the food industry, cosmetics, and livestock feed.

This plant is common in landscape design and cutting gardens for its vivid colors and color retention.

Caribbean folk medicine historically used globe amaranth to relieve prostate and reproductive problems.

The purple inflorescences have been used as a remedy for several respiratory inflammation conditions including bronchial asthma, acute chronic bronchitis and whooping cough.

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