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GOMPHRENA haageana 'Strawberry Fields'

Image of Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields'

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Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

GOMPHRENA haageana 'Strawberry Fields'

Plant Common Name

Globe Amaranth, Globe Flower, Gomphrena

General Description

The brilliant crimson-red flower heads of 'Strawberry Fields' are prolifically borne from summer to fall. This cultivar is a selection of Gomphrena haageana, a bushy, medium-sized, tender herbaceous perennial from northern Mexico, southern Texas, and New Mexico. It is usually grown as an annual.

Plants form neat clumps of stiff upright stems with simple, lance-shaped, slightly fuzzy leaves of medium green. The round, persistent, thimble-shaped flower heads are composed of numerous papery bracts. The bracts enclose the actual flowers, which are tiny and yellow. Butterflies visit the blossoms.

Full sun, summer warmth, and well-drained soil are essential for this effortless, trouble-free ornamental. It withstands drought once established. Deadhead spent blooms to extend flowering. Enjoy this long-blooming bedding plant in containers, annual beds, sunny mixed borders, or cutting gardens. Dried blossoms hold their color well, making them popular for crafting and flower arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm (16)

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No