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Cockscomb, Plume Plant, Feathered Amaranth (Plumosa Group)
Celosia argentea var. plumosa 'Century Mixed'

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Celosia (se-LO-see-uh) (Info)
Species: argentea var. plumosa
Cultivar: Century Mixed
Additional cultivar information:(Plumosa Group; aka Century Mix)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Orange

Red-Orange

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Burgundy

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Silver Spring, Maryland

Pinconning, Michigan

Tonawanda, New York

Millington, Tennessee

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 19, 2006, jg48650 from Pinconning, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Celosia is one of my favorite annual flowers since it comes in so many different colors and varieties. The century mix is often much larger than the Kimono mix.

The flowerheads last for an long time. Some have lasted for 10 weeks or more. New blooms will consistently split off until fall. Some people have suggested deadheading, and I guess it would work, but the flowers last so long, I rarely do.

Little black seeds form and are very easy to collect. I cut off the flowerheads once they had finally died and just saved them in a bag. Shaking will help to collect the seeds. The flowers could also just be left in the ground, and the seeds will usually pop up. I live in Michigan near Lake Huron, so it is frequently very humid. Once temperatures finally get... read more