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The Cool New Heat Loving Annual: Gomphrena ‘Pink Zazzle’

gomphrena_pink-zazzle_300x300There is a new fuzzy, funky Gomphrena on the block.  Gomphrena ‘Pink Zazzle’ has it all! This attention grabber has 3” bright pink blooms that range from pink to fuchsia and fade to a soft pink and eventually end up a creamy white as the flower ages. The plant has unique fuzzy foliage and stems and a well-branched mounding, trailing habit. It’s perfect for container plantings, individual pots or in the ground.  Heat and drought tolerant once established, plant them in full sun to part sun and watch them take off.

One of the best attributes of ‘Pink Zazzle’ is that it can be planted in your butterfly or hummingbird garden or your cutting garden.  It blooms spring to fall and each jumbo-sized flower lasts for several weeks. It prefers bright light and moist soil. According to my research this plant may be brought indoors for the winter months in a sunny window. I purchased one of these plants this year for my garden and it has bloomed continuously since I brought it home.  Stop by and pick one up and see for yourself, you will be happy you did. While you are here be sure to check out the other varieties of Gomphrena we offer. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Strawberry Fields’ are both perfect for landscapes.

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Strawberry Fields– Extraordinary strawberry red, clover-like, straw-textured blooms.  Lanky plants bloom continuously mid-summer to frost. Ideal for fresh or dried bouquets.  Great for containers or landscape plantings.

 

 

 

gomphrena_fireworks-300x219‘Fireworks’ Exploding with color, this Gomphrena has hot pink blooms tipped with yellow. A real showstopper!!!  Unique ‘scaffolding’ habit. A must have for the cutting garden; cut flowers are long lasting fresh or dried in bouquets or arrangements. Excellent in mixed beds and containers.  Thrives in the heat and poor soil conditions. Grows 3-4” tall and about 1-2” wide.

 

 

by Marian Parsley, Behnke’s Annual Buyer

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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