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.


Scientific Name:Gomphrena leontopodioides
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
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






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.