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PlantFiles: 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

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral tx_flower_child 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 nanwicker 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 Aegletes 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 troop1819 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 lharper7 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.


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

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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