SOLVED: Celosia Argenta This Isn't

Glasgow, KY(Zone 6a)

We were sent seeds for the plants in the picture, which were labelled as celosia argenta. We have been a very welcome addition to the flower garden. However, after going through ever bit of information with pictures we found, none had anything like this under celosia or anything else we thought it might be. They are gorgeous plants- the group shone are about 3ft.+ now with very pronounced dark reddish purple splotches on the leaves.

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Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

I found lots of links with keywords Celosia argenta. At first I thought that was a Coleus, but I think it is Celosia then... cockscomb?

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Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Look at this, Celosia argentea: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=celosia+argentea

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

it looks more like coleus ... http://www.crownsvillenursery.com/coleus.htm

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

coleus, but the flowers will tell for certain

Elizabethton (Stoney, TN(Zone 6b)

I vote for coleus. I've got one that looks just like it - some generous person gave it to me at the round-up. Can't remember who, tho.

Glasgow, KY(Zone 6a)

We sure wish these would flower so we could tell for sure. The leaves are smooth and not textured like coleus, so my guess is that is a celocia. But I haven't seen any with the leaves colored like these.

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

still say coleus, look at all the images from google and none look like that http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=celosia+argentea&sa=N&tab=wi

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

definitely a coleus plant... http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=coleus

Just to throw a spanner in the works, could this be Amaranthus tricolor?

http://www.kurtweiss.com/products/annual/amaranthus.html

I also recieved some Celosia seeds last year which turned out to be A tricolor. Very pretty all the same but alas they died in infancy for me.

Do the leaves feel hairy like velvet or more of a smooth, glossyish feel? It's not strictly a great acid test but many Coleus do tend to have a hairy leaf.

Glasgow, KY(Zone 6a)

Baa, your suggestion of amaranthus is a very apt alternative to celosia or coleus, and you asked a most pertinent question about the leaves. The leaves are not entirely smooth and glossy, although not hairy and rough textured like coleus. We have grown them before, and these are not similar to any coleus we are familiar with. Although these are bi-colored, the amaranthus seems to fit the description best. But again, I guess the flower will be the only way to know for sure. Hopefully, these will flower before the frost. We'll take a picture and let everyone know what it turns out to be. Thanks everyone for the feedback!

I'd love to see the pic Sourdough Pete. I agree it's the only way you'll know what it is for sure.

Glasgow, KY(Zone 6a)

I am following up on this thread for the benefit of everyone who tried to help with a guess at the identity of this variety of plant. See the new thread called "RE: Celosia Argenta This Isn't" for a new picture and information.

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