The Q&A Archives: Celosa

Question: I would like to find information about a plant I saw recently. I believe the name is Celosa. It looks like feathers and comes in colors of red, pink, and orange. I cannot seem to find any other information about it, or what type of plant it is. Please tell me all you can about it.

Answer: Celosia is often called 'Cockscomb' or 'Chinese Woolflower', because of the richly colored flower clusters. It's a member of the Amaranth family. Celosia 'Cristata' has velvety, fan-shaped flower clusters, often contorted or fluted. The plant grows from 10 inches (dwarf variety) to 3 feet tall. Celosia 'Plumosa' has narrow leaves and plumes of flowers in bright colors. Celosia 'Childsii', the Chinese Woolflower, has plumes of flowers that look like tangled masses of yarn. All Celosia are annuals and thrive in full sunshine with little water. The dwarf kinds make striking border plants in a flower bed.

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