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PlantFiles: Wheatstraw Celosia (Spicata Group)
Celosia argentea var. spicata

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Celosia (se-LO-see-uh) (Info)
Species: argentea var. spicata

Synonym:Celosia spicata

23 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Annuals

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Burgundy
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive zen_follower On Apr 9, 2010, zen_follower from Ludowici, GA wrote:

This plant comes from Africa, but is used widely in the Orient for hemorrhages, diarrhea, and also clears vision.

Positive tcs1366 On Sep 25, 2008, tcs1366 from Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this plant. I got the seeds in trade, probably not really knowing what it was -- the seeds were very easy to germinate. I used Direct and Winter Sowing methods with high germination rates.

In my garden, the red coloring really stands out. A real showy plant.

Does very well in drought conditions too. Mine gets full sun, and the only water it gets, is when it rains.

Seeds are easy to harvest.

Positive SeattleSun On Sep 17, 2005, SeattleSun from Seattle, WA wrote:

Wonderful straw-like flower when dried. Known as 'Flamingo Feather' in local nurseries (Seattle). Easy to collect seeds from or allow to reseed.

Positive onalee On Sep 30, 2003, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Easy to grow! Full Sun - many, many blooms! Very attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, etc. Foilage is as attractive as the flower. - verigated burgandy and green.

Neutral Crimson On Feb 1, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a Wheat Celosia, makes a good dried flower.

Regional...

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

Lompoc, California
North De Land, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Lizella, Georgia
Ludowici, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Itasca, Illinois
Algona, Iowa
Greater Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Warsaw, Missouri
Annandale, New Jersey
Garner, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Carrollton, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Augustine, Texas
Scenic Oaks, Texas
Spring, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Petersburg, Virginia
Bryn Mawr-skyway, Washington
De Pere, Wisconsin



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