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Gomphrena 'Fireworks'

Gomphrena 'Fireworks'
Exuberant in early May
globe amaranth
April flowers
Gomphrena 'Fireworks'
Quite interesting flower structure, when viewed up close
globe amaranth
As the season progresses, bulky clusters of flower clusters develop

Common name globe amaranth
Family amaranthaceae
Life cycle annual/perennial
Flowers pink
Size 2-4'
Light sun

A hybrid or cultivar gomphrena grown for its showy balls of pink flowers with yellow stamens, held on sturdy stems well above the foliage. Just a touch of wind moves them about, so it lends a dynamic quality to the garden. When the nursery where I bought ours claimed it was a hardy perennial, I was a little skeptical, but our specimen, planted in October, came through the winter just fine and emerged much stronger to flower by early April. From there, it continued vigorously, dominating its border a month later.

Gomphrena 'Fireworks'
Just after planting

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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