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