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

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.


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

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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


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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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LazLo On May 24, 2014, LazLo from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This can be a good screening plant. I live in a ground floor apartment and about 50 feet from my porch is this big, ugly, pea-soup-green electric transformer on a cement slab. It measures about 5 ft. x 5 ft. - - a great big lump of yuck in the middle of what is otherwise a lovely English cottage style garden. One day I was cruising down a busy street and spied a stand of Wheatstraw Celosia that had been planted between a sidewalk and some shop windows and a brainf**t went off inside my head.

The info on this PlantFiles entry gives a max. ht. of 36 inches, but those I saw that day were 36 inches at the minimum, going up to over 6 ft. Just the sort of plant I needed to hide that monstrous transformer! Harvesting the seeds was extremely easy. Now a nice thicket of these tall and strikingly lovely celosia is growing around the hideous thing, cloaking it with its gorgeous burgundy foliage - - shiny in the sunlight and swaying in breezes with a lovely rustle. It is only the end of May now - - I am so looking forward to a bit more height and the appearance of hundreds of pink-to-red tipped plumes.

If you have anything you want to screen from view in a lovely way, this is a great solution. Though an annual, these will readily self-sow.

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 Leesburg, FL (Zone 9b) 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.


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

Lompoc, California
Brooksville, Florida
Deland, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lizella, Georgia
Ludowici, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Itasca, Illinois
Algona, Iowa
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Warsaw, Missouri
Annandale, New Jersey
Garner, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Austin, Texas
Boerne, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Augustine, Texas
Spring, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Petersburg, Virginia
Bryn Mawr-skyway, Washington
De Pere, Wisconsin

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