Amazement in a vase! A must-have for bouquets, these large, feathery, golden-yellow to scarlet plumes stand out on long, straight stems and attract pollinators. In the garden, the multi-branching plants are noted for their exceptionally beautiful foliage, and along with height, are perfect for the back of the flower bed. Plants handle heat with ease and are fairly drought tolerant. Also known as Prince of Wales feather.
Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. plumosa
Native: Exact origin unknown, possibly India
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial, hardy in USDA zones 10 and warmer
Plant Dimensions: 30″–40″ tall
Variety Information: 2″–6″ plumes in brilliant red and golden shades
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, 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: 7–14 days
Seed Depth: Surface to ?”
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For cut or dried flowers, pick when the plumes are the right size for your purpose but before they go to seed. Flowers can last up to 2 weeks in a vase. If drying, hang flowers upside down for a couple of weeks until stems are stiff and dry.