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.
|Scientific Name:||Gomphrena leontopodioides|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Ground cover, Clumping perennial|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 0.7 metres|
|Width:||0.3 ~ 0.4 metres|
|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|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage|
|Special Features:||Cut flower, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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