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Gomphrena leontopodioides 'Empress' (Gomphrena)

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Plant description

gomphrena leontopodioides gomphrena empress 4

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Gomphrena 'Empress' is an attractive native plant with purple globe shaped flowers on grey green foliage. It performs best as an annual plant, and will flower for most of the year with blooms that last for months on the plant and can be cut for vases. Best in full sun in well drained soil in an open position with good air flow. A light prune every few months will encourage a fresh flush of flowers and tidy the plant. A handful of slow release fertiliser will be appreciated. Attracts butterflies.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres

Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Spring.

Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser.

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