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Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group)

Plume Celosia, Feather Celosia, Feathered Amaranth, Plume Cockscomb, Plumed Celosia, Celosia argentea var. plumosa, Celosia plumosa


A pollinator-magnet, Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) is a bushy annual noted for its colorful plume-like flowers, 4-10 in. long (10-25 cm). Blooming throughout summer into fall, the erect feathery spikes are available in brilliant shades of yellow, orange, purple, red, and creamy white. They rise on stems clad with spear-shaped green to red-tanned leaves. These tropical plants are effective as bedding plants or in containers. They make wonderful fresh cut flowers and are terrific in dried arrangements.

  • Dwarf varieties grow up to 12 in. tall (30 cm) and 6 in. wide (15 cm). Tall varieties grow up to 30-36 in. tall (75-90 cm) and 18 in. wide (45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade in humus-rich, moderately fertile, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Thrives in heat and humidity and tolerates dry soils and drought once established. Plant in a location sheltered from strong winds.
  • A great choice for beds and borders, edging, containers, cottage gardens, and cutting gardens. Excellent for fresh or dried flower arrangements and bouquets.
  • While Celosia is mostly grown for its flowers, Celosia is edible. Leaves, tender stems, and young flower spikes can be eaten boiled, or cooked in sauce or stew with other ingredients. The leaves are a nutritious addition to the vegetable garden. They contain high levels of beta-carotene and folic acid.
  • Low maintenance, add this charming annual plant to the landscape and you will be rewarded with bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, beneficial insects, and songbirds.
  • In warm winter climates, such as USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11, Cockscomb can also be grown as a perennial.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to prolong bloom.
  • Harvest flowers when they are fully developed and before they begin to make seed.
  • Propagate by seed. Sow seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed or indoors 6-8 weeks prior to the last spring frost date.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for glasshouse red spider mites, glasshouse whitefly, and aphids when grown under glass. Susceptible to root rot. Crowding, rain, and high humidity will cause flowers to rot. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
  • Celosia argentea is native to Tropical Africa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Celosia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Celosia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage

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