Celosia caracas, also called the Cockscomb plant because of its flowers, shaped like an upright fluffy plume and brilliant purple-pink in colour. They appear in mid-summer above clumps of oval green leaves, and remain until mid-autumn. The cut flowers can be dried for use as long-lasting flower arrangements.
Celosia caracas is a half-hardy annual. It needs a site in full sun, and will cope with most soil types provided they are well drained.
|Scientific family||Amaranthaceae||Special type|
|Lifecycle||Deciduous||Time to maturity||1-2 years|
|Garden style||Cottage/informal Town/courtyard||Position||Border Indoors/conservatory Containers|
|Wildlife||pH||Acid Alkaline Neutral|
|Fragrance||Aspect||South East West|
|Growth Habit||Maintenance||Little or no maintenance|
|Health caution||Additional use|
|US hardiness zone|
|Max mature height||30cm|
|Mature spread||50 cm|