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CELOSIA argentea 'Castle Scarlet'

Image of Celosia argentea 'Castle Scarlet' (Plumosa Group, CASTLE SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

CELOSIA argentea 'Castle Scarlet'( Plumosa Group, CASTLE SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Plume Cockscomb

General Description

The bright red pyramidal plumes of ‘Castle Scarlet’ cockscomb make a beautiful addition to annual borders and containers. This dwarf, bushy annual may occasionally survive for a year or more in southern regions where winters are mild. It grows quickly from seed and has bright green foliage. The long-lasting flowers are dense, plume-like and comprised of many small bracted flowers of red. When the blooms age they begin to turn brown and should be removed to encourage more to appear.

Plant this ornamental in sites with full sun and average soil with good drainage, and enjoy it in any hot, sunny spot that needs strong summer color. The flowerheads of Celosia argentea may be used in fresh flower arrangements or dried as everlastings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    North America, Central America, South America, Middle Africa, Asia, Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes