Celosia Fast Facts

Celosia Fast Facts image by Emmet J. Judziewicz: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point       
Celosia Fast Facts image by Emmet J. Judziewicz: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point       

Overview

Celosia, a tough, drought-resistant annual, is available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. According to Texas A&M University, celosias have been grown in North America since the 18th century. Celosia derives its name from the Greek word "kelos," which means "burning," an apt name for these intensely colored flowers.

Botanical Name

Celosias are in the family Amaranthaceae, popularly known as amaranth. The most common forms of celosia are Celosia argentea and Celosia spicata.

Habit

An upright plant with silvery foliage, celosias range in size from 12 to 30 inches tall. Suitable for borders or containers, celosias can be grown indoors or out.

Color

The most striking feature of celosias is their brightly colored flower heads. Celosia blooms in intense shades of red, purple, gold, orange and yellow.

Hardiness and Range

Celosia is a warm-weather annual that can be grown from seed in areas above Zone 5. It prefers a soil temperature of at least 60 degrees.

Requirements

Celosia likes hot, humid weather but tolerates drought well. Celosia blooms best in full sun.

Uses

Celosia attracts butterflies and tolerates seaside conditions. It can be used as a cut or dried flower.

References

  • Arena Flowers: Celosia History
  • Texas A&M: Celosia
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About this Author

Moira Clune is a freelance writer who since 1991 has been writing sales and promotional materials for her own and other small businesses. In addition, she has published articles on VetInfo and various other websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hartwick College.

Photo by: Emmet J. Judziewicz: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point