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
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 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
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
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