Plant Geek Alert-Pink Zazzle Gomphrena

 

Pink Zazzle Gomphrena flower

Pink Zazzle Gomphrena flower

Ok, Plant Geeks of the world listen up. Have you heard of the plant genus Gomphrena, or Globe Amaranth? Yes, it is mostly a boring run of the mill plant that has the advantage of drying well. I think that is why most people like to plant it, for its quality of lasting long into the winter in dried flower arrangements – certainly not for its garden bedding characteristics. In Hawaii, they use the flowers in leis because of its lasting qualities.

Pink Zazzle at the nursery

Pink Zazzle at the nursery

Globe Amaranth is easy to grow, tolerates drought and has long-lasting flowers held on the plant for months on end.  Pink Zazzle Gomphrena has burst on the scene with a blast and not only did the flowers get a makeover, the foliage is quite beautiful with a downy coating of fur on the leaves, like a soft blanket of lambs wool.

 

pink zazzle gomphrena

Culture

Pink Zazzle will get about 12 inches tall on a well branched plant and bloom prolifically with “knock your socks off” hot pink blooms up to 3 inches across. It prefers hot sun and dry conditions. I noticed this when I first bought it and kept the plant inside. I watered the plant to keep it moist, but when the plant started to droop and looked like there was rot in the stem, I stopped watering it and it perked up. Grown indoors as a pot plant or outdoors in the garden or container, I am planting Zazzle outside in the hot sun and heat. The flowers literally last for weeks, almost drying in place on the plant.

Pink Zazzle flower

Pink Zazzle flower

 The price point of the plant will be higher than a marigold and most likely treated in the nursery as a premium annual. I planted these out last year in containers and in the ground, and though they are slow in getting going, they eventually form a nice mounding plant covered in these “strawflower” type of flowers.

I used dried Pink Zazzle blooms in this pod basket for the fall

I used dried Pink Zazzle blooms in this pod basket for the fall

According to the Proven Winners website http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/gomphrena/pink-zazzle-globe-amaranth-gomphrena-hybrid, the flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies and is hardy to zone 8. Growing only a foot high and wide, Pink Zazzle is perfect placed in front of a flower border.

Pink Zazzle Gomphrena likes hot dry situations

Pink Zazzle Gomphrena likes hot dry situations

About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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27 Responses to Plant Geek Alert-Pink Zazzle Gomphrena

  1. Carolyn Keenen says:

    Where do I get it?

    Via iPhone/CPK

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  2. I never would have thought it attracted hummingbirds.

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  3. Stunning. Pinned to my bucket list. 🙂

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I need this! Thanks.

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  5. mjarz says:

    I considered adding the Pink Zazzle to the garden a couple of times but walked away both times. Maybe next year.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Claire, I grew this on Mercer Island in a flower box last year. It was stunning…having a very hard time finding it this year…so disappointed! BTW, enjoyed your talk on Slow Gardening this past spring at our Flower and Garden Show in Seattle!

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  7. Annette says:

    How can I prune the dead flowers or do you just leave them alone?

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  10. Elizabeth Tyndale says:

    I love this flower!!! So excited to bring it home in Lansing Mi. But I planted it in consumer no problem then started to show signs of what I thought not enough water… Well thru many investigations of whether not watering or over watering .. I’m convinced over watering. Tipped container sideways and yes a lot of water drained out!! Can I save it? It looks whither rd and discolored, just foliage flowers bright as ever. Help please

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  11. Is there any way to perpetuate it so that I don’t have to buy a new plant each year? Will it grow as an indoor houseplant over the winter? If I break off a stem, will it reproduce like a succulent? Or can I harvest seeds from it somehow? It is quite pricey and I’d love to have more of them next year.

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  12. Johanna Wolff says:

    I live in Vancouver, Washington, and purchased this plant about 4 months ago. Wow, this plant is gorgeous, and blooms are long lasting, and none stop! Can I transfer this plant to the inside of my house, and keep it happy until next Spring? I plan on keeping it in a well lit area, and watering it very little (or per the demand of the plant, since the heat from inside the house may have a tendency to dry it out.) Would love to hear if anyone else has gotten this plant to acclimate to live indoors.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    I bought this plant from Home Depot 2 years ago and it came back for me, I live in zone 7

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