Gomphrena, Rio Grande Globe Amaranth
Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Gomphrena (gom-FREE-nuh) (Info)
Species: haageana (hag-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Strawberry Fields

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Clayton, California

Forestville, California

Fresno, California

Menifee, California

Vacaville, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Wauchula, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Hinsdale, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Bay City, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Mathiston, Mississippi

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Austin, Texas (3 reports)

Blanco, Texas

Chillicothe, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Hereford, Texas

Killeen, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Woodway, Texas

Portsmouth, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On May 4, 2015, AmyInNH from Brookline, NH wrote:

Seeds available by Burpee. Looking forward to taking them for a test drive.

Positive

On Nov 15, 2009, Margui622 from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

It's November, and this plant is still blooming and performing. It takes abuse from the cat and still performs, she loves it! I'm planning on collecting the seeds and try propogating this next year. Several people have seen it and have admired it!

Positive

On May 26, 2006, Kiapa from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

I adore this plant. It is the best heat tolerant performer in my blazing and dry street beds.
I was first introduced to this one on horticulture classes. I brought home tiny babies that went crazy. It does not seem to be terribly invasive but certainly easy to remove should it happen up in a spot you didn't choose.
A bright true red that lasts without fading!

Positive

On May 22, 2004, jjergins from Abilene, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:

This will grow easily in my hot West Texas garden in sandy, alkaline soil. It will also occasionally reseed. It blooms all summer.

Neutral

On Aug 30, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A superb bloomer for a hot color scheme, Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields' is a great choice for a hot color scheme. About 20" high, this steady blooming globe amaranth also makes a great cut flower for drying.

Soil should be of good quality and well-drained. Full sun is essential for good growth and best flowering. This annual blends well with most other flowering bedding plants and is a good filler for the border where spring perennials have faded. When sowing seeds, try to soak them in water for a few days before planting. This will aid in speedier germination