Gomphrena, Globe Amaranth 'Fireworks'

Gomphrena globosa

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



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:



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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Jose, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

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

Averill Park, New York

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:


On Aug 12, 2018, Salernitana9 from San Jose, CA wrote:

I randomly picked this up in the late Summer from Annie's Annuals because the description seemed so interesting. I planted it in my desert-like front yard of heavy clay and full sun in South San Jose-zone 9b. The plant seemed sufficiently alive but looked dead by the Winter. I forgot all about it and even stepped all over it while tending other plants.
By the Spring, the plant started to thrive and began to produce two-inch long stems with fantastic flowers that lasted well until December. It survived the Winter and produced blooms again in August. Bees and hummingbirds love the flowers. It grows low to the ground and is non-invasive. I have not seen this plant in any neighbors' yards and hope to see it more often since it is so heat and drought tolerant.


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.