Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Celosia argentea var. plumose (sel-O-see-a ar-JEN-tee-a ploo-MO-sa)
vibrant yellows, pinks, reds and gold
Form and Size:
Plume celosia has a 4 – 10 inch head on a leafy stem that is 12 – 28 inches in height. The heads are pyramid shaped and very feathery.
5 – 8 days
summer – fall
Cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food. Change water frequently.
History and Usage:
A member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth) family, plume celosia is a hybrid. Celosia comes from the Greek word “keleos” which means burning. That refers to the vibrant colors the flower is available in.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of plume celosia include amaranthus, love-lies-bleeding, gomphrena and blood-leaf.