Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Gomphrena canescens

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - March

Common name -
Scientific name Gomphrena canescens R.Br.
Family  Amaranthaceae

Genus: From the Greek, gromphaena, a name apparently used for Amaranthus tricolor.

Species: Latin, becoming white or hoary.

Distribution Widely distributed across tropical Australia.
Native habitat Usually growing in moist depressions in woodlands and grassland. 

A small annual.

Flowering/fruiting Flowering in summer to autumn.

Location in Garden

There are plants in the annual beds at the base of the Connections Garden.


The flowers vary from white to pink to mauve, with an unusual dark red subspecies in the Northern Territory. The intense pink of our selection makes them a low focus in this cottage garden setting. They are a good choice to achieve this effect in tropical gardens. They require an open sunny position and plenty of water when in active growth.