Celosia Amaranth (celosia argentea spicata) 50 seeds

Little River Cooperative

$ 3.50 

  • Celosia Amaranth (celosia argentea spicata) 50 seeds
  • Celosia Amaranth (celosia argentea spicata) 50 seeds
  • Celosia Amaranth (celosia argentea spicata) 50 seeds
  • Celosia Amaranth (celosia argentea spicata) 50 seeds
  • Celosia Amaranth (celosia argentea spicata) 50 seeds

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Celosia is a variety of tropical friendly amaranth that we grow in our gardens for production of its showy edible variegated leaves and its beautiful cut flower. Amaranth is commonly grown throughout the world for its edible grain, however many Caribbean natives use the leaves cooked in traditional dishes like the stewed green "callaloo". Use the tender leaves of the Celosia plant for cooking and then let it flower and enjoy its beautiful fuscia and pink blossoms either cut fresh in a vase or dried. Because the celosia flower is already quite dry by nature it lasts a long time on the plant, even longer in the vase, and dries with its vivid color intact.  

Celosia is considered summer and tropics friendly because it is a tender perennial in areas with no freeze (zones 10-12), but it can also be grown successfully as an annual in all other zones in the continential US. Allow the plant to reach its peak size and it creates a large shrub with hundreds of pointed blossoms on the plant at a time. If grown as an annual it may not reach such sizes but will still yield a good amount of beautiful cut flowers and edible leaves. 

This variety is closest to "ruby parfait" and "pink flamingo" celosia varieties found online at various seed distributors. We cant help but wonder why celosia seed is so expensive online when each flower contains hundreds of them! Allow a few of your blossoms to dry on the plant, store them in a brown paper bag, give them a good shake and you should have plenty of saved seed for next season. 

 Price for seed packet includes shipping in a simple envelope. 

All seeds were harvested from our organic urban farm and plant nursery in 2018. 

Seeds have been tested for reliable germination in our nursery at 80 degree daytime temperatures. We recommend using them within 1 year of date of purchase.