Celosia argentea var. spicata (120 days) A truly wild thing from the Peruvian Amazon. Makes a great landscape plant, shooting a 3–6' spire punctuated by 2–3" reddish-purple spikes. Amazing long red stems and the spectacular spikes make this a perfect cutflower. Its coleus-colored leaves, green splashed with purple, heighten its dramatic effect. Blooms hold up better than other spicatas as a dried flower if cut while the spikes are still short. As the blossoms age they turn white on the bottom. Requires a long season. Start inside 8 weeks before frost and transplant into warm ground. Pinch at 12" to encourage branching. Annual. ~250 seeds/g. ②
4956 Cramer’s Amazon Celosia
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Good for fresh bouquets and everlasting arrangements. From the Greek keleos, ‘blazing,’ a reference to their brilliance. Commonly appear in three groups, cristata (crested, fancifully known as brains), plumosa (plumed) and spicata (with spikes or pointed). All share blazing colors, furry textures and unusual shapes. Known as ji quan hua in China where both seeds and flowers are used for blood diseases, bleeding and urinary tract infections.
Culture: From the Southern Hemisphere, at their best in hot dry weather. Should germinate within 10 days at 72–80°.
All flowers are annuals except where noted. All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.