By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, and Speaker | Facebook @NormanWinterTheGarden Guy
Truffula Pink gomphrena has already been hotter than the proverbial two-dollar pistol but The Garden Guy is here to tell you it is even better than we thought. It has been the champion of all butterfly plants at my house and if your peak butterfly season is September/October and you find them for sale, buy them.
It was just a couple of days ago I was watching swallowtails hitting on a clump of mine and as I was about to photograph two feeding close together two more flew in kind of like a pollinator photo bomb. It was really a magical moment and it is repeating again as I write this. It’s not just swallowtails, but American Ladies, Silver-spotted Skippers, Common Buckeyes and regular hummingbird visits, too.
The pollinators alone would make you want to grow it, but shoot, it is beautiful and one of the toughest, most persevering plans you can grow. Believe me when I say when the Heat is On, this is a must have plant.
It is better than we thought for another reason. I live in zone 8a and not far from the 7b demarcation line. So first know, we are all growing this as an annual, but mine came back this spring. When I told my color design guru son, he said, “Dad we are in to year three at a couple of our locations.”
To read more, pick up a copy of the September/October issue of LiveIt magazine.