Plumed celosia Celosia cristata 'Century' Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless Plumed celosia (Celosia cristata 'Century') sell-OH-see-ah kris-TAH-tah 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 Purple, Red, Salmon, Yellow Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Annuals Celosia cristata 'Century'View the discussion thread.