Name in Latin: Amaranthaceae
Name in English: Amaranth Family
Origin: Mediterranean region.
Growth Habit: annual, classed as a dicotyledon
Flower: The spherical flower head is up to 1.5 inches across, composed of many tiny, clover-like flowers.
Blooming Period: Summer
Leaf: leaves not parallel veined
Care and Handling
Lasting Quality: 2-3 weeks
Amount of water: average
Special handling: Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution. Leaves often go bad before flowers.
In Trinidad the flowers are boiled to make a tea which is used for baby gripe, oliguria, cough and diabetes; cooling.
In Hawaii, it is commonly used in long-lasting leis since it retains its shape and color after drying.
This flower is used to make a garland for Brother's Day in Nepal. The garland is put around the brother's neck by their sister for Protection.