Gomphrena leontopodioides ‘Empress’

Gomphrena ‘Empress’ is the Aussie version of the colourful annual globe amaranth. It is great for adding colour to the flower garden, with long lasting round flower heads in purple shades borne all year round. The foliage is an attractive grey green. A hardy plant for full sun, in well drained soil. Prune and give a handful of slow release fertiliser every 3 months to encourage good growth. Drought and light frost tolerant once it has become established. It can be treated as an annual, but it can go on for another season if it is rejuvenated after the main flowering by cutting back and fertilizing it.

 

Family:Amaranthaceae
Scientific Name:Gomphrena leontopodioides
Cultivar:Empress
Common Name:Gomphrena
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Height:0.2 ~ 0.7 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Annual, Biennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.