Celosia argentea var. spicata (75 days) Open-pollinated. Upright 20–26" tall multi-branched wheat-type celosia produces showy spikes, light pink at the base turning to a deep rose-magenta at the tip. Green foliage starts at ground level. A very prolific and striking display in mass plantings, as a border, or in containers. Excellent cutflower. Blooms July through frost. Hums with bees and other pollinators from mid-afternoon until dusk. Prefers full sun and moist rich soil, though does well in marginal dry soil as well. Does not tolerate standing water. ①
4950 Ruby Parfait - Organic
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Annual. 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 hot climates and at their best in hot dry weather. Should germinate within 10 days at 72–80°.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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