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 CharacteristicsSpikes of flowers that resemble clover. Flowers are good for cutting and drying.
CareGrow in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
PropagationSow seed at 59-64°F in early spring.
ProblemsGenerally trouble free, but gray mold and fungal leaf spots can sometimes affect plants.