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Gomphrena, Fireworks

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Unlike any Globe Amaranth ever seen!

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This completely unique species is hands-down the best garden plant that we have seen in years of evaluating new plants. It quickly grows to form a full, dense, landscape specimen, eventually reaching up to 3-4' tall and 1-2' wide. Tons of strong, tall stems are topped with exploding bursts of full, large 1" blooms in hot pink tipped with bright yellow. A showstopper in the garden and conversation piece when cut for a mixed bouquet.
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Gomphrena, Fireworks
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-24 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Aug 29, 2016

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Full Sun
36-48 inches
12-24 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
Gomphrena, Fireworks is rated 4.473684210526316 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gomphrena Fireworks Gomphrena Fireworks lives up to it's name - the long stems seem to shoot fireworks. The bright pink flowers with yellow tips are stunning! Great filler in pots. Planted them in one pot with Dusty Miller and other silver foliage plants - just the right pop. Good in full and partial sun; not a heavy water user. First found the plant in local nurseries in 2015, but couldn't find them in 2016; very disappointed. Don't usually order annuals, but no choice this year; glad to have found them at Burpee; good quality plants.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reliable bloomer, maintenance free I order at least 6 plants every year from Burpee b/c Burpee is the only place you can them. They grow tall 3.5' - 4' so put them in the back. Put a grouping of at least 3 plants together because the flowers are small. They tend to flop over so a pruning might help and in that case, plant them in the middle of the border. They look just like the photo.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect addition to border or planter Bought these plants when on sale-impressed at shipping process & how great plants looked on arrival. Have done so well in front flower bed on north side of house-would definitely recommend this variety! Easy to care for, unique and slightly dramatic presentation in the garden.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent cut flowers! Unlike the white, pink, and purple gomphrena, this fireworks variety grows much taller at about 4 feet and will self-propagate out of control if not maintained. Unwanted seedlings must be pulled, and drying flowers should be pruned together with the stem segment to minimize new seedlings. Each stalk comprises about 3 segments, each segment containing a flower at its top. I like to cut 2-3 dozen blooms to the same height, rubberband them loosely, and put them in a vase. They are long-lasting and look stunning anywhere, even at the cemetery!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty pink flower This was the first time I'm used Gomphrena and it was a nice addition to the garden. The plant is is a little wild looking and has a beautiful firework-like flower. There is only one flower at the end of each long 10" stem, not a cluster. From a distance you don't see the flower that well since it is only maybe an inch wide. They are great in cut arrangements and I find they last for weeks. I'm really liking that feature. I'm planning on using it again in the garden next year.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plants Look Better in Real Life !! It's rare that a flower looks better in real life than its photo in the catalog. But Fireworks is such a plant.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really pretty plant loved by Monarch butterfly I bought three of Gomphrena Fireworks and have enjoyed their cheerful pink blooms all summer. They don't seem to mind hot dry conditions, and they are nicely structure, clean plants. No deadheading required. AND when I saw a monarch butterfly enjoying these flowers, and ignoring my milkweed, I knew I had a winner. That was a highlight of my summer.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely plant, but highly invasive! I sowed these directly in the ground July 2015; of the 25 seeds, 15 sprouted. They grew to be about 3 feet tall, and quite bushy. Flowers were true to the photos, and they flowered prolifically all the way to November - eventually I cut them down once they got a bit mangy looking due to freezes. Unfortunately, in my zone 9A area, the original 15 plants perennialized into a sort of tuber system. Additionally, they reseeded prolifically. The area they were growing in is being repurposed into an herb garden this year, and it was the very devil to pull up all the sprouts as well as dig up all the tubers. If you have an area of your yard or garden that has difficulty growing plants due to poor soil, too much harsh sunlight, or simply out of the way of everything else, I would definitely recommend this plant, as it started blooming March this year and I have no doubt it would have kept blooming until the freezes occurred around Thanksgiving. However, only do so if you're not planning on planting anything else in the area, and BE VIGILANT for re-seeding in new areas of the garden!
Date published: 2016-04-08
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