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The attractive Celosia plant from the Amaranth family goes by the common names of woolflowers, cockscomb flower and “Flamingo Feather.”
The name ‘Celosia’, actually means ‘burning’ in Greek, and when blooming in large numbers the plumosa type blooms together, resemble an ornamental grass of fire.
With a number of different Celosia plant types and cultivars, not all look the way you would expect. Different sizes (from 6 inches to 2 feet in size), along with a variety of vibrant colors and shapes. One form with velvety, ruffled looks like a brain.
Considered easy to grow, cocks comb flower will propagate themselves if left unattended, and they grow quite well with minimal attention. For best results, plant Celosia in or partial shade (8 hours per day).
To enjoy the bright color of Celosia flowers they need moist well-drained soil, they love organic amendments that improve drainage, as celosia does not like wet conditions.
A rich soil will support fast growth. Before planting add in. organic matter or compost.
They bloom until frost, when they can be cut and dried. Strip stems of all leaves and hang head downward in a warm, dark place. This takes about two weeks. Flowerheads should not be allowed to touch.
The usual pest suspects of , aphids (plant lice), and other pests attack Celosia flowers.
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