Genus: Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennnifer Benner
(Gomphrena)
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Amaranthaceae
In the genus Gomphrena are 90 species of branched, hairy annuals and perennials from Australia, Central America, and South America. Opposite leaves are lance-shaped or ovate. These plants are grown primarily for spikes of flowerheads that are often very brightly colored and clover-like. Many attract butterflies. Grow as bedding, in a border, or in containers.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Spikes of flowers that resemble clover. Flowers are good for cutting and drying.
Care:  Grow in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagation: 

Sow seed at 59-64°F in early spring.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Gomphrena

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Globe amaranth
Gomphrena globosa 'Purple'
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Gomphrena
Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields'
Problems: 

Generally trouble free, but gray mold and fungal leaf spots can sometimes affect plants.