Last year we rediscovered Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth) in the form of the cheerful annual cultivar ‘Fireworks‘. This year, a new selection has caught our eye Gomphrena leontopiodes ‘Balboa’ PPAF67, with its distinctive linear gray foliage. ‘Balboa’ is a tender perennial for us, hardy only in zones 8-11, but it blooms for a long time with starbursts of very pretty 2 tone quilled lavender petals accented by teensy orange stamens, on 12-18″ jointed stems.
Gomphrena ‘Balboa’ wants to grow in a sunny spot with good drainage. We just paired him up in pots with the dark leaved Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ and the succulents Echeveria and Sedum, and are already thinking of a number other combinations he can surprise us with.