FAMILY: Gomphrena

USES: Used for its seasonal flower display. Does well as a bedding or edging plant alongside a path. Also very often used en masse, in mixed borders, as a container plant, in pots, window boxes and in dried flower arrangements.

SIZE: Grows to 30 – 60cm tall with a 30cm spread. Fast growing to full size in 8 weeks.

LOCATION: Full sun to partial shade. Prefers a slightly humid location. Does well in both coastal and inland areas although will tend to flower longer in the slightly cooler coastal areas.

SOIL: Best in an organically enriched free draining fertile sandy soil with a pH 6.1 – 7.8, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline.

FERTILISER: Apply a liquid 9:2:6 NPK with trace elements every two months starting as soon as the flower buds appear.

WATER: Keep soil moist but avoid waterlogging which will quickly lead to rot. Try not to spray water on the flowers.