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Plumed celosia

Celosia cristata 'Century'

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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 CharacteristicsPlumed celosia's strong colors demand careful placement. Usually grown as an annual, it is easy to grow from seed if provided with good light.

CareThis celosia tolerates a wide range of soils, as well as heat and drought. It flowers best in full sun, but tolerates light shade.

PropagationFrom seed. Transplant outdoors after last frost.

ProblemsProne to foot and root rot, and fungal leaf spot diseases. Under glass, spider mites, whitefilies, and aphids may be problems.

  • Genus : Celosia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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