Botanical Name: Gomphrena haageana
Native: New Mexico, Texas, and Northern Mexico
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9-11; often grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 24"–26" tall
Variety Information: 1"–1½" rounded clusters of bracts in orange, red, and carmine. The actual flowers are yellow or white tucked between bracts and very tiny, visible only close up.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7 – 14 days
Seed Depth: ¼"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8"
Special Instructions: Deadhead (cut spent blooms) for continuous flowering. To dry flowers, hang in a dark place or inside a paper bag for about 3 weeks until stiff. Be gentle with dried flowers as they are fragile and can shatter.
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning when flowers are about half open.