Truffla Pink Gomphrena looks to be among hottest 2019 plants
Truffula Pink has everyone talking this year and is expected to be among the hottest plants at garden centers. It will be so hot you better buy it when you see it. Truffula is a new Gomphrena pulchella coming from Proven Winners. Like its taller sibling Fireworks, each iridescent hot pink bloom looks as though it is exploding with little yellow rays.
There is a good chance you don’t know this species yet, all of which are treated as annuals. Gomphrena globosa has varieties like Ping Pong and All Around Purple as well as the dwarf Gnome series, then there is Gomphrena haageana, with varieties like the famous Strawberry Fields and Qis Carmine but the Gomphrena pulchella from Bolivia is different in the garden.
Fireworks, which I will always love, is like a thoroughbred racehorse reaching 4 feet tall with ease, laughing all the way at drought, endless rain and every other climate variation along the Mississippi that summer can throw at you. Truffula Pink will be just like that, but at only half
the height. You’ll have the same vibrant color, the same plethora of pollinators and a ton of flowers that seem to be floating on air.
Fireworks is not only tall but has the ability to go wide too, in fact up to 4 feet. This large plant produces scores of flowers that seem never ceasing; no other gomphrena can produce as many. I kept expecting to need to deadhead or remove spent flowers, but it never happened.
Truffula Pink will be like that except it will again reach only half that in width at 26-28 inches, Gardeners will not only delight in its beauty and size but will relish the fact that it too is well-suited to cutting and using in a vase. It can also be used as a dried flower.
Truffula Pink needs full sun and fertile welldrained soil to really perform to its capability. Letting these great plants sit in wet soggy soil will be a crime. You will want to space your plants 20 to 36 inches apart and apply a good layer of mulch after planting. It is a great plant for mass planting.
Try partnering with blue blooms of Salvia farinacea like Victoria Blue, Cathedral Deep Blue or the taller Mystic Spires Blue. It will also be incredible with Amistad salvia or Black & Bloom for a hummingbird, butterfly and bee habitat.
You will find that Skipper and Sulphur butterflies find the blossoms a real treat with frequent visits by swallowtail butterflies too. The Truffula Pink like Fireworks gomphrena will make you look like you have garnered the proverbial green thumb.
There seems to be also an added sizzle if you can combine with lime green or chartreuse plants like Wasabi coleus, Lemon Lime Nandina or Gold Mound duranta. This partnership does something that just causes you to grab a camera. You’ll also find it easy to incorporate it into the tropical style garden combining with bananas and elephant ears.
When you shop this spring at the Garden Center and you see Truffula Pink buy it then, buy several. When you go back, they will probably be gone. It’s going to be a great gardening year.