Gomphrena ‘fireworks’ love affair…
There is no doubt it looked cool. The gomphrena filled in massive areas quickly, cheaply, and with next to no supplemental water. It also added non-stop color and a whimsical element to my front garden. But as demonstrated above it started to eat up everything else in the garden, and …well, truth is, this non-native beast was frightening me. I did not want to contribute to this species taking over San Antonio! I plant mostly natives…what was I thinking?!This is ONE plant. Seriously.Here is my ZZ Top moment ;). Anyways….ONE PLANT. Flat out scary. Look closely at the last two photos…see all the white stuff that looks like snow, well, those are all seeds (zoom in on the fluff – is that not nuts!)! And they have started sprouting!
The “quick fix” of planting this annual to fill up space quickly was not, in my opinion, a good choice. I think it was rather irresponsible to plant so many actually.
And I am sure to re-learn this for years to come as I pull up volunteers…urgh! Needless to say, I replaced all of them with Texas natives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!