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.
Celosias are in the family Amaranthaceae, popularly known as amaranth. The most common forms of celosia are Celosia argentea and Celosia spicata.
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.
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.
Celosia likes hot, humid weather but tolerates drought well. Celosia blooms best in full sun.
Celosia attracts butterflies and tolerates seaside conditions. It can be used as a cut or dried flower.