Gomphrena

Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Gomphrena (Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields')
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Genus:  Gomphrena
An upright, bushy annual with flowers (actually bracts) that resemble bright red strawberries with tiny yellow "seeds." Flowers are produced from summer to early fall and are great for cutting and drying. Leaves are hairy. Gomphrena is fairly drought tolerant and very heat tolerant. Use as bedding, in a border, or in a cut flower garden.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Bushy habit. Bright red flowerheads that resemble strawberries.
Care:  Tolerates most any soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained. Grow in full sun, preferably with regular moisture. Some drought tolerance and very good heat tolerance.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 59° to 64°F in early spring.
Problems:  Gray mold and fungal leaf spots can sometimes be problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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