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A gomphrena to grow—for its foliage

Fine Gardening - Issue 197
Photo: Courtesy of Plants Nouveau

‘Cosmic Flare’ gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa ‘Cosmic Flare’)

Zones: Annual

Size: 15 to 24 inches tall and 20 to 24 inches wide conditions: Full sun

Native Range: Garden hybrid

It’s easy to love the cheery pompoms of gomphrena, a plant usually grown as an annual but not overused as many of them so often are. These little puffs come in shades of red and pink and stand happily at the end of long, straight stems. Most gardeners don’t give a hoot about the foliage, but now they should. ‘Cosmic Flare’ sports chartreuse leaves under magenta blooms—a combination sure to make any planting stand out—but it does so without being garish. Plant gomphrena in a large group to get the best effect.


Select Seeds, Union, CT; 800-684-0395; selectseeds.com

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