The Globe Amaranth has always been a popular choice for the cutting garden because the 1″ blooms (actually bracts) last practically forever and dry perfectly, retaining their color for months or even years. This little-known treasure sports neat cones of an unusually deep, clear red on straight stems that reach 2′ above narrow, gray-green leaves. Plants thrive in heat and drought and tolerate extreme humidity. It's the ideal companion for Heliotrope. A true annual.
For more information on growing Gomphrena, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Latin Name Pronunciation: gom-free'nuh
Gomphrena is a genus of 90 species, mostly annuals, found in a range of habitats in Australia and Central and South America. These multi-stemmed plants produce colorful, clover-like flower heads that are useful in both cut bouquets and dried arrangements. If you pinch plants back by ½ on arrival, you'll delay flowering, but the plants will produce more branches and thus more flowers over a longer season.
Light/Watering: Full sun. Although relatively drought tolerant, it's best to water when the top 1in of soil is dry. Water at the soil line to help keep the leaves dry.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Plant in average to dry garden soil that drains well. Use an all-purpose or bloom-boosting fertilizer during the growing season, mixed according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Pests/Diseases: Provide good air circulation to keep the leaves dry and prevent leaf spot.
Companions: Gomphrena makes a good filler with other sun-loving annual bedding plants such as Dahlias, Salvia, and Zinnias.