Also called wheat celosia, these colorful plants add a lovely vertical element to the flower border and make a statement when grown in a large container. The pretty, rosy-pink, soft flower spikes have an intriguing texture that nearly begs passersby to reach out and touch them. It is especially interesting to watch the bases turn silvery as they mature. Excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried arrangements.
Botanical Name: Celosia spicata
Native: Exact origin unknown, possibly India
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial, hardy in USDA zones 10 and warmer
Plant Dimensions: 24″–30″ tall
Variety Information: 5″–8″ rosy-pink, feathery flower spikes turn silvery near the base as the mature
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: Within 2 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 14–21 days
Seed Depth: Surface to ?”
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″