There is so much to love about Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’! It is a variety of Globe Amaranth and is an absolute must for any cutting garden, particularly a drought tolerant garden bed. Gomphrena is gorgeous and lasts long as a fresh or dried arrangement. In fact, it holds its color even after it is cut.
Best yet, it thrives in heat, full sun, and poor soil conditions, which makes it a sustainable and eco-friendly choice for your garden.
Although lacking scent, if you look closely at the flower above you can see that I captured little neon yellow glowy tips when I took the picture. What a charmer. The tips look like lights and attract pollinators and passersby who quickly become entranced with their gorgeousness.
To the left you see the display in August mixing wonderfully with other drought tolerant plants like Black-eyed Susan’s, Anise Hyssop, and Lambs Ears.
How To Grow Globe Amaranth or Gomphrena
- Plant in full sun in a well drained garden soil anywhere in zones 3 to 10 following the last frost of spring.
- When the plants are young, pinch the tips back to encourage branching; this will make the plants bushier.
- Ignore for the rest of the season until fall clean up.
That’s it. No I am not kidding – beyond giving them an occasional water, these plants are super-easy to grow. After the initial first week of planting I never watered the Gomphrena the rest of the summer. I just let the flowers fend for themselves and look at the result.
Gomphrena Fireworks was the absolute last flower in the garden to lose its color; nearly at the end of October in my zone 5b Chicagoland garden. All the other plants were down near the first of October, yet this guy just kept going and going.
Where are you going to put Gomphrena Fireworks – an astounding Globe Amaranth – in your flower cutting garden this season? Make it somewhere hot, dry, and center stage. I love this plant!
Special Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am letting you know that Ball Horticultural supplied the annual plants grown in this garden. I write many instructional stories and videos with their flower and vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables I grow to the local food pantry when harvested.