Plumed celosia

Celosia cristata 'Century'

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Plumed celosia (Celosia cristata 'Century')
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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.

Overview

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
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
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Annuals

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