Summer flower for colorful borders, balcony containers and pots.
Celosia argentea commonly called feather celosia, plumed celosia or feathered amaranth are old garden favorites that feature narrow-pyramidal, plume-like flower heads composed of tiny, densely-packed, vividly-colored flowers.
Flowers bloom throughout summer into fall (sometimes to frost) on erect stems clad with spear-shaped light green leaves. The flower heads sometimes project an artificial, almost plastic-like appearance that, to some gardeners, may border on the gaudy.
Genus name comes from a Greek word meaning “burning” in probable reference to flower head appearance. Plumosa Group comes from the resemblance of the flower head to the plumes of ostriches or gladiators.
Info source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Celosia
Species - Argentea
Variety - plumosa mix
Common name - Cockscomb
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual flower
Hardiness zones - 2 - 11
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 0.25 m
Spread - 0.25 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - light green / mix
Soil PH - Acidic (pH 5.5-6.0)
Soil type - Humusy, moderately fertile, consistently moist
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - colorful borders, balcony containers and pots
Sow from February to April inside. Note: it takes 11-12 weeks to flower.
1 seed per plug, sowing directly into final pots is recommended.
Germinates in 7-14 days at +22-25C. Light is required for germination.
Sow in a well-drained media that has good water holding capacity. Maintain relative humidity levels of 90-95 %.
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