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Celosia


Celosia selections

Celosia

There are few flowers as showy as celosia. Whether you plant the plumed type, which produces striking upright spires, or the crested type, which has a fascinating twisted form, you'll love using celosia in bouquets. The flowers are beautiful fresh, but you can also dry them easily. And they bloom in all the colors of a glowing sunset.

Plant established seedlings in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Celosia likes rich, well-drained soil with moderate water. Spider mites can sometimes be a problem in hot, dry weather.

Shown above: New Look celosia

Light:
Sun
Zones:
2-11
Plant Type:
Annual
Plant Height:
1-4 feet tall
Plant Width:
6-18 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Celosia 'Amigo Red' offers crested red flowers on a compact plant with excellent heat and drought tolerance. It grows 6 inches tall and wide.
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Celosia 'Armor Yellow' grows 16 inches tall and bears crested yellow blooms.
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Celosia 'Flamingo Feather' grows 4 feet tall and bears plume-type pink flowers that dry well.
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Celosia 'Fresh Look Yellow' grows about 20 inches tall and bears abundant plume-type yellow flowers.
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Celosia 'Fresh Look Red' is an award-winning selection with plumes of rosy-red flowers. It grows 18 inches tall.
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Celosia 'New Look' bears red plumes and beautiful purple-tinged foliage. It grows 14 inches tall.
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Celosia 'New Look Red' grows 20 inches tall and bears red flowers over burgundy-red foliage.
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Plant It With
Angelonia

Contrast celosia, especially orange-flowering varieties, with the purple spikes of angelonia.

African marigold

Create tons of old-fashioned charm mixing celosia with brightly colored marigolds.

Nasturtium

Celosia and nasturtium bloom in similar shades -- and look fantastic in a container with the nasturtium spilling over the sides.

Propagation
Seed