Celosia (Celosia spp.)

Celosia Plant Features

Celosia is an annual flower for sun that's been around for generations -- and it's still popular. One of the reasons this plant is loved is that it's so easy to grow. You can enjoy success with celosia in just about any sunny spot -- including container gardens, garden beds and borders, and landscaping. 

There are a bunch of different varieties of celosia available, too, offering you plenty of options for designing your garden with it. Crested types have interesting, brain-like flowers that give rise to one of the plant's other monikers: cocks comb (because the flowers look like the comb on the head of a chicken). Plume types have feathery flowers that look like flames or puffs of cotton candy and are particularly fun in container gardens for adding vertical appeal and texture. And spicata types have interesting, wheat-like flowers. Most celosia varieties come in shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow. 

While this sun-loving annual flower mixes beautifully with other flowers, they also look stunning on their own when planted en mass. This easy-care flower attracts butterflies and lasts a long time when cut for bouquets, too!

Celosia Questions?
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Celosia Growing Instructions

Grow celosia in full sun -- that means this flower wants at least six hours of direct sun per day. In less light, celosia may grow tall and lanky, flop over, and bloom less. When you first plant it, celosia likes regular watering to help it get established, but once it gets going, it's quite drought tolerant. Still, consistent watering during hot, dry periods helps it grow better and bloom more profusely. 

Fertilize celosia when you plant it. A slow-release fertilizer gives the plant nutrients through the growing season so you don't have to worry about repeat applications. But you can also use a water-soluble fertilizer each time you water. Just about any type of fertilizer will do for celosia. No matter what kind of product you use, do be sure to follow the directions on the packaging. 

You typically don't need to worry about pruning celosia, but some gardeners do like to remove old flowers as they fade to keep the plant more attractive. 

Celosia is not meant for consumption by humans or animals. 
  • Water

    Low water needs

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors







  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Colorful foliage

    Super-easy to grow

Our favorite varieties

Arrabona Red Celosia

Arrabona Red Celosia

Celosia 'Arrabona Red'

Arrabonna Red is a fun plumosa type with red orange flowers -- and a lot of them! It grows 15 inches tall and wide and was a standout in our Summer Trial Garden.

Intenz Celosia

Intenz Celosia

Celosia argentea 'Intenz'

Bold and dramatic, Intenz shows off bright fuchsia-purple spiky flowers over purple-flushed foliage. Intenz grows 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

Dragon's Breath Celosia

Dragon's Breath Celosia

Celosia argentea plumosa 'Dragon's Breath'

Dragon's Breath celosia is a newer variety that shows off rich reddish-pink flowers and purple-flushed foliage. It grows 24 inches and 16 wide.