Cockscomb & Celosia
(Celosia cristata) Celosia is an annual member of the amaranth family. Plants are heat and drought tolerant and considered quite easy to grow, able to tolerate a wide range of soil types. The bright, flaming blooms are prized as a cut flower as well as landscape plants. The exact range of the original wild celosia family is unknown, but believed to be Africa. Seeds germinate in 14-21 days. Surface sow seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil. Direct sow in place after last frost or start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 F. Space plants 6-12 inches apart. The plants prefer full sun and are low maintenence in terms of watering and fertility.
Brilliant blooms look like colorful tufts of yarn, setting landscapes and floral arrangements ablaze! This 2-3-foot-tall variety was a major standout in our trial gardens and is our new favorite flower! Baker Creek is delighted to reintroduce an all but forgotten edible ornamental and what we have found to be the most delicious flowering vegetable we have ever eaten! The fluffy and colorful heads of this amaranth family member are wildly colorful and make a bold everlasting flower for fresh or dried arrangements. What sets this apart as a truly remarkable edible ornamental is the delicate and gourmet flavor. The young leaves are a perfect spinach substitute. At the Baker Creek trial kitchen, we have tried it tempura style, stir fried, added to soups, lasagna and pizza; the possibilities are endless! The greens are incredibly nutritious, as well. One study showed that a 100 gram serving provides all of your daily recommended vitamin A and about 25 percent of the daily recommended calcium. Baker Creek founder Jere Gettle was intrigued when he saw advertisements for the Chinese wool flower in seed catalogs dating back to 1915. He had never seen the plants in real life, and upon researching, he realized they were no longer available anywhere in the U.S! We took our search abroad and finally tracked down a single seed packet in Japan. We are thrilled to finally be able to offer it to the public!
A gorgeous jewel-toned mix for landscape and cut flower design. Plants stand about 3 feet tall and are topped with feathery flames of color, making an amazing display in the garden and arrangements. The blooms in this mix can add pops of high-contrast color to fresh or dried arrangements. A gorgeous cut flower that is easy to grow and reliable.