Purple Gomphrena is native to Panama and Guatemala. Gomphrena’s “blooms” are actually flower heads that are papery, clover-like bracts on top of their long green leaves. The individual flowers within the flower heads are inconspicuous, but the stiff, papery bracts that form the bulk of the structure are colorful and showy and come in shades of white, pink and purple. The bracts will retain their color when cut for fresh flower arrangements or dried.
Gomphrena blooms from spring until the first frost of fall. Soil that drains well is preferred by this showy beauty. It is drought tolerant once established, but consistent moisture is best to prevent stressing the plant and possibly developing powdery mildew.
Spacing: Plant 6″ to 12″ apart.
Height: Grows 12″ to 24″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Attracts butterflies and is resistant to most pests and disease. Heat and drought tolerant but can get powdery mildew if it gets too dry.
Tips: Average water needs but do not let them dry out completely.
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Borders, Landscapes, Cut Flowers, Rock Gardens