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Celosia cristata 'Century' (Plumed celosia)

Celosia cristata 'Century' Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless


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Botanical Name: Celosia cristata 'Century' sell-OH-see-ah kris-TAH-tah Common Name: Plumed celosia Genus: Celosia
The flowers of this celosia cluster together in great numbers and look like silky, feathery plumes in vivid hues of yellow, red, magenta, or apricot. The plumes rise above the foliage on 2-foot-tall stalks, which wave their flags of color in the breeze from July to frost.
Noteworthy characteristics: Plumed celosia's strong colors demand careful placement. Usually grown as an annual, it is easy to grow from seed if provided with good light.
Care: This celosia tolerates a wide range of soils, as well as heat and drought. It flowers best in full sun, but tolerates light shade.
Propagation: From seed. Transplant outdoors after last frost.
Problems: Prone to foot and root rot, and fungal leaf spot diseases. Under glass, spider mites, whitefilies, and aphids may be problems.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Fall; Summer
Flower Color Orange/ Salmon Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; Red Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Annuals

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