Globe Amaranth, Gomphrena
Gomphrena globosa 'Fireworks'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Gomphrena (gom-FREE-nuh) (Info)
Species: globosa (glo-BOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireworks
Registered or introduced: 2009

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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:

Vista, California

Denver, Colorado

Debary, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Mounds, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Mandeville, Louisiana

Natchez, Mississippi

Lees Summit, Missouri

Columbus, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Charleston, South Carolina

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Mansfield, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
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0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 18, 2013, tx_flower_child from Dallas, TX wrote:

FYI - There is a new Gomphrena called 'Pink Zazzle' that I saw a few days ago. Only one nursery in Dallas has it. It spreads out and is low growing. The flower head is large and at first glance looks a little like a small mum.

Positive

On Sep 3, 2013, nanwicker from North Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

I saw them today in many different flower borders at the Wilmington, NC Arboreteum in Zone 8 and they looked wonderful .

Positive

On Apr 5, 2012, Aegletes from Debary, FL wrote:

Extremely easy to grow. Fills the garden with three foot long, shooting spires topped with little magenta flowers that dance in the in the wind. They tend to sprawl a fair amount, which provides a great opportunity to layer them in the soil to make new plants in early summer. The flowers last into winter in Zone 9. Self-seeds and is a fast grower.

Positive

On Aug 30, 2010, troop1819 from Lees Summit, MO wrote:

My dad volunteers at a botanical garden, and brings me assorted 'extras' from the greenhouse. I got a half dozen of these and planted them in a bed along the driveway. The soil is not the best, and it was June, which is late in the midwest as it's hard to establish plants once the heat of summer is on, but these plants thrived. Half of them are huge - about 3-4 feet high and 3-4 feet wide, unfortunately hanging over the driveway but did not expect them to get that large. Long lasting and profuse blooms and blend in well with the other plants. They are a little 'leggy' so would look better in a bed with other lower growing plants, but don't over shadow the ones beneath them in height.

Positive

On Aug 14, 2010, lharper7 from Natchez, MS wrote:

Planted in late July for some late summer color. Has done exceptionally well in Mississippi's record high temps. First time to plant and will definitely be in my garden next year. Great for cutting and brings movement to the garden.