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Celosia is a quick growing annual, widespread in the tropics, valued for the unusual, bright plumed flowers. Upright plants with lance shaped foliage, which can also be coloured. Good for cut flowers, which also dry well.
Grow in rich to average, well drained soil in full sun. They tolerate dry conditions once established.
Celosia originate is Asia and Africa, where is is grown as a leaf vegetable or a cereal crop. The Victorians prized it as a showy ornamental plant.
Flower colour: numerous
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres
Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: 0.4 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: bees, butterflies.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
fungal problems in wet conditions
spider mite, root nematode
Planting season: spring, summer.
Types of fertiliser: good general purpose.