How to Grow Cephalipterum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Pompoms

Cephalipterum is a half hardy annual that has long lasting flowers that bloom in the summer.

Cephalipterum is also known by the common name of pompoms.


Their flowers are small and round a top 30 cm (12 inch) long stems.

They make good plants for the border.

Cephalipterum Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Pompoms.

Life Cycle: Half hardy annual.

Height: 12 inches (30 cm).

Native: Australasia.

Growing Region: Zones 5 to 8.

Flowers: Summer.

Flower Details: Yellow or cream. Round/Globe.

Foliage: Wiry stalks.

Sow Outdoors: Cover seeds. Following last frost. Spacing 12 inches (30cm).

Sow Indoors: Germination time: two to three weeks. Temperature 65 to 75°F (18 to 25°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.

Requirements: Full sunlight or light shade. Moist and poor soils. Regular watering. Use a mulch. Use slug repellents.

How to Grow Cephalipterum - Pompoms

If planning to grow Cephalipterum plants outdoors from the off it is best to sow out the seeds after the last frost of the spring, simply cover the seeds.

Cephalipterum prefer to grow in sunny or partially shaded parts of the garden and prefers a moist but poor soil.

When growing Pompoms indoors from seedlings they should be started about 7 to 9 weeks before you plan to put them outdoors, after the last frost of spring.

They require from two to three weeks to germinate at a temperature of 18 to 24 degrees celsius (64 to 75°F).

When ready Cephalipterum seedlings should be planted outdoors with a spacing of about 30 cm (one foot).

Looking after Pompoms

The soil that pompoms grow in should be kept cool and moist.

The use of slug pellets or other slug repellents is recommended.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Cephalipterum plants. Updated September 2020.