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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
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.