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Celosia argeantea cristata (Celosia, cockscomb, woolflower)

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Plant description

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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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: numerous
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: 0.4 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: bees, butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

fungal problems in wet conditions

Pests

spider mite, root nematode

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: spring, summer.

Types of fertiliser: good general purpose.

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