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.


Family : Amaranthaceae
Cultivar Name: Empress
Plant Type : Small shrub, Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Width : 0.4
Flowering Time : All year
Soil Type : Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture : Well-drained
Special Uses : Cut flower, Pipe and drain friendly, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Gomphrena leontopodioides
Common Name : Gomphrena
Height : 0.7
Flower Color : Purple
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny
Lifespan : Annual, Biennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects