Celosia (Celosia argentea)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Celosia argentea

A large plant group which has great variety in flower type from the cockscomb type to the feather type to the wheat type. All good for the sunny, dry border. 
Full sun in well-drained soils. Regular watering helps to maintain flower and foliage quality. Will tolerate dry, porous soil. 

Plume Type

  • 'New Look' Series
  • 'Fresh Look' Series
  • 'Smart Look' Series
  • 'Arrabona Red'
  • 'Glow' Series
  • 'First Flame' Series

Crested Type

  • 'Amigo' Series
  • 'Prestige Scarlet'
  • 'Tornado Red'
  • 'Jewel Box'
  • 'Red Chief'

Wheat Type

  • 'Kosmo' Series
  • 'Flamingo' Series
  • 'Intenz'
  • 'Spiky' Series
Mature Height
8-24 Inches (8-24 inches tall depending on cultivar)
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - October
Soil Conditions
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Herbicide Injury

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Pythium root rots, leaf spots, botrytis

Cool wet weather affects flower quality and establishment in the spring.

Additional Notes
Plants left too long in the pots or cell paks before planting often result in poor, stunted garden plants. Buy young, vigorous, non-flowering plants and plant them without delay.


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