Flamingo Celosia

$ 4.00 

Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia
Flamingo Celosia

Flaming Celosia
Celosia argentea var. spicata

days to maturity: 90 days
plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot, trellised
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: worms in the growing tip
harvest notes: clip flowering tips as needed
annual

Celosia is a variety of tropical friendly amaranth that we grow in our gardens for production of its showy, edible, variegated leaves and beautiful flower head. Amaranth is commonly grown throughout the world for its edible grain, many Caribbean natives using the leaves as cooked greens in traditional dishes like the stewed green ‘callaloo’. In the permaculture community, we have also heard this variety referred to as ‘Lagos Spinach’. Use the tender leaves of the Celosia
plant for cooking, let it flower, and enjoy the beautiful fuchsia blossoms as a cut flower, fresh or dried. The celosia flower is already quite dry in nature, lasting a long time on the plant and even longer in a vase. Celosia is considered summer and tropical friendly because it is a tender perennial in areas with low freeze days (zones 10-12), but it can also be grown successfully as an annual in most zones through the continental US. Allow the plant to reach its peak size and it creates a large shrub with hundreds of pointed blossoms. If grown as an annual it may not
reach such sizes, but will still yield a good amount of beautiful flowers and edible leaves.