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CELOSIA argentea (GLORIA SERIES, Plumosa Group)

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Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

CELOSIA argentea( Plumosa Group, GLORIA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Plume Cockscomb

Special Notice

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General Description

The colorful pyramidal plumes of plume cockscomb are commonly enjoyed in annual borders and containers, and tall cultivars make great cut flowers. 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 may be bright green, purple-red or bronze, depending on the cultivar. Their long-lasting plumes are comprised of many small bracted flowers that come in shades of bright yellow, orange, pink, purple, ivory or red. The dried seedheads release many shiny black seeds which will germinate the following season when growing conditions grow warm.

Plume cockscomb grows best in sites with full sun and average soil with good drainage. Established plants will withstand periods of high heat and even drought. To keep plants blooming to their fullest, cut back spent flowers as they begin to turn brown. Cockscomb is a cheerful bedding ornamental that will add bright summer color to dull beds. The flowerheads may be used in fresh flower arrangements or dried as everlastings. Seed-eating birds are drawn to the small, black seeds that rain down from the mature, dry seedheads, so it's good to let a few mature in fall.

There are many cultivars and varieties to choose from, such as the vibrant orange-flowered ‘Apricot Brandy' and 'New Look Red', which has dark purple-green leaves and vibrant crimson plumes.

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

    8"-36" / 20.3cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    8"-24" / 20.3cm - 61.0cm

  • 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

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Ivory

  • 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