What is this tall pink flower? (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: August 2, 2010
Location: Norcross, GA
Posted By: bluesalvia55

Notes:

I saw this flower in August 2010 at The Forum shopping center in Norcross. It is about 4 feet tall and resembles a dianthus (or “Pinks”) on steroids. It was planted with tall pink zinnias and they were all about the same height. Did anyone see them and have an idea what they are? I think they are annuals.

COMMENTS

  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    It looks like Gomphrena, also known as Globe Amaranth. I’m not used to seeing the pink variety that tall; however, if it was mixed with the Uproar Rose Zinnias, it probably stretched. On the photo, it looks like the spacing between internodes is really, really long. We sometimes mix Zinnia Linearis with Lantana and it has the same effect.

    identified by Jenny Hardgrave
    http://www.simplyflowersinc.com

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:35 pm
  2. bluesalvia55 Registered says:

    Thanks but I grow Gomphrena and this is different (perhaps it’s a new variety). If you ever go to the Forum in the next month, check it out – it’s near the Trader Joe’s entrance in front of the Merrell shoe store. Really stunning!

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:35 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Jenny Hardgrave replies:

    It may be ‘Fireworks’ gomphrena. It was really tall at the UGA Trial gardens.

    http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=plants.plantDetail&plant_id=10346

    Followup by Jenny: Premier Growers supplied the flowers for the Forum. HighGrove Partners installed them. Premier has confirmed that they shipped Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ to the site.

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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