CELOSIA argentea( Cristata Group, JEWEL BOX SERIES)
Plant Common Name
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The colorful floral plumes, feathery spikes or dense "brainy" crests, of cockscomb and plume celosia make beautiful additions to annual borders, cutting gardens and containers.
These bushy annuals may occasionally survive for a year or more in southern regions where winters are mild. They grow quickly from seed and have foliage that can be bright green, purple-red or bronze, depending on the cultivar. Their long-lasting flowers are comprised of many small bracted flowers that can be bright yellow, orange, pink, purple, ivory or red. There are many cultivars and varieties, such as the apricot-plumed 'Apricot Brandy' and dwarf crested members of the Olympia series.
Plant these ornamentals in sites with full sun and average soil with good drainage, and enjoy them 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. Seed-eating birds are drawn to the small, shiny black seeds that rain down from the mature, dry seedheads, so it is good to let a few mature in fall.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 2
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
8"-36" / 20.3cm - 91.4cm
8"-24" / 20.3cm - 61.0cm
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
North America, Central America, South America, Middle Africa, Asia, Central Asia
Dried Flower / Everlasting, Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border
Sharp or Has Thorns