Gomphrena ‘Gnome Purple’ and ‘Gnome White’
Synonyms of Gomphrena globosa (4) (Updated on 8-6-21): Gomphrena eriopoda Gillies ex Moq., Gomphrena rubra Moq., Gomphrena tumida Seidl ex Opiz, Xeraea globosa (L.) Kuntze
Gomphrena globosa L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Gomphrena. Both the genus and species were named and described by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists 129 species in the Gomphrena genus (as of 8-6-21 when this page was last updated). It is a member of the plant family Amaranthaceae with 186 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
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I brought a 4-pack of Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome’s’ home from Muddy Creek Greenhouse on June 7, 2018. They had a lot to choose from and I found a pack with two purple and two white. They also had some 4-packs with pink, but I really didn’t need any more pink. I try to avoid pink flowers although I have my share because some plants only have pink flowers. I needed to put something in the bed on the left side of the steps on the north side of the house and these seemed to be perfect. The Conoclinum coelestinum (Blue Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum) dad got from his Aunt Inez had been there for years but only two came up from seed in 2018. So, I needed to fill part of that spot.
Origin: The species is native to parts of Mexico and northern South America
Zones: Grown as an annual in USDA Zones 2-11.
Size: 6-10” or more. The species grows around 24” tall.
Soil: Average, well-drained soil
Water: Average. Drought resistant once established but performs best with regular watering.
This is my first time growing Gomphrena globosa so I don’t have much experience to share yet.
According to the internet, Gomphrena are easy to grow and provide continuous flowers all season. They are supposed to be tough performers once established.
Information says they require well-draining soil in full sun. Hmmm… They are supposed to be fairly drought tolerant but perform their best with regular watering… Like most plants.
Well, that seems simple enough. We will see how well they do. I will continue adding photos and information as time goes by.
The Gomphrena ‘Gnome Purple’ fizzled out but the two white-flowered plants continued on. Also in the bed are Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’, Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’, Cenchrus setaceus ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass), Conoclinum coelestinum, Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’, and Isotoma fluviatilis (Blue Star Creeper).
The Gomphrena ‘Gnome White’ looked very good with its white clover-like flowers against the green foliage.
The Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ continued to do very well in the northeast corner bed.
By the end of August, the northeast corner bed proved to be a hit for the season. The Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ had filled its purpose quite well.
Despite the Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ wanting to take the entire bed over, the Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ never gave up.
I give the Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome White’ a Belmont Rooster FIVE GOLD STAR rating for continual flowering, drought tolerance, growth habit, and so on. Even when temps started cooling off, it even tolerated a few light frosts. Hopefully, I will find more of these in the spring of 2019.
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