Family: Amaranthaceae

Scientific Name: Celosia argentea spicata

Common Name: Wheat Celosia


Wheat type Celosia (Celosia argentea) This section contains pictures of different wheat varieties of Celosia. A tender perennial grown as an annual.

Plant TypeAnnuals, Perennial Tender, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone(9)10-12
Moistureaverage to slightly dry, never wet or soggy
Soil & Siteaverage, well-drained
Temperaturetolerates heat, lower limits around 40 F, in zone five best not planted until the weather warms up around the end of May. The variety "Flamingo Purple" seems to tolerate the colder fall better than other types.
Flowersspires of soft flowers in colors of red, gold, yellow and orange, flowers can be dried
Leavesgreen, purple
DimensionsIn general will reach about 3 feet. By pinching in late May the height can be cut down by a third or more.
Maintenancewill reseed freely, deadheading
Propagationeasy from seeds
Misc FactsCelosia is derived from Greek meaning burning referring to the brilliant color of the flowers. AKA: Celosia Enterprise White, Celosia Spiky Pink, Celosia Flamingo Purple,
Author's NotesAlthough not having the large bright colorful flowers of the "Plume" type Celosia, these are still worth growing.
Notes & Reference#51-Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials (Alan Arimitage)
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