Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. plumosa
Celosia plumosa is finally getting some of the recognition it deserves. This compact annual has big, bright blooms that last from spring through fall.
You have lots of colors to choose from -- vivid shades of red, yellow, orange and pink are the most common.
Celosia is also low-maintenance and easy to grow from seed. Some seeds are sold as "mixed" so you can enjoy a variety.
The vibrant plumes of colors are eye-catching and look spectacular when grouped together in containers.
Soft, deeply veined leaves cover the fleshy stems that hold the feathery plumes upright, above the foliage.
Find a spot for celosia in a sunny window or scoot the container outdoors for show-stopping color on your porch or patio. These striking celosia flowers thrive in hot, sunny conditions.
Water thoroughly and use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent root rot.
Origin: Hybrids with parents from Asia
Height: 6 inches to 2 ft (15-60 cm)
Light: Bright light to full sun
Water: Keep the soil evenly moist.
Humidity: Average room humidity (40-50% relative humidity).
Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C. If you move your plant outdoors for the summer, don't worry -- it can take the heat. If won't, however, tolerate cold temperatures.
Soil: Peat moss-based potting mix.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Easy to grow from seeds. Sow celosia seeds in spring or start seeds indoors.
Moving your celosia plant outdoors for the spring and summer will give it the sunlight it needs.
This is a frost-tender plant. In fact, it doesn't do well in cool temperatures, so be sure to bring it back indoors when the temperature drops in fall.
Many celosia varieties are available. You'll often find them for sale as Celosia Plumosa.
'Fresh Look' red celosia is a popular cultivar with bright, feathery plumes.
Celosia flowers are in the Amaranthaceae family and are basically of two groups. The variety shown here is the plumosa group. It's the more popular of the two, often grown in flower beds, containers, and indoors as house plants.
The second group is cristata, also known as cockscomb for its wavy crest of flowerheads.