Mine may have sparkled, but I don't remember it. It was in the back of the bed because it was so tall, and I had a hard time getting to it anyway, so it is very possible that it was. I get distracted so easy, going from one plant to the next, so I don't always notice these things. Sometimes, too, the flower has to be in just the right light to see the gold dust on it. This one was in a bit of shade. I really love it, so hopefully you have the same one!