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Celosia Facts

By Regina Sass ; Updated September 21, 2017

Celosia is an annual flower, meaning new plants grow from seeds each year. Celosias are also known as cockscomb and woolflowers.


There are three types of celosia flowers, based on their appearance. They are the crested type, plume type and wheat type.


Celosia flowers come in shades of red, purple, gold, orange and yellow. Small varieties grow to a height of 10 to 12 inches, and larger ones grow up to 2 feet.


Celosia flowers love hot temperatures and dry conditions. They need full sun, at least six hours a day, and soil that is rich and moist but not wet.


Celosia seeds can be sown directly in the garden when the soil warms in the spring or started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Cover with just 1/8 inch of soil and keep moist.


Celosia flowers are used in bouquets and in dried-flower arrangements. Celosia can be used as container plants or planted in beds. They also make good stand-alone specimen plants.