Celosia argentea cristata
Commonly known as "cockscomb" or "brain Celosia" because of the unique, convoluted shape of the plant's cauliflower -like flowers. Celosia 'Cramer's Burgundy' is a deep maroon color and sports hardy, crested blooms. These large flowering heads can reach up to six inches in diameter and are surrounded by smaller wavy clusters.
This plant gets its Latin name from the Greek word "kelos" which means "burning" and the variation name "cristata" meaning "crested" which describe the rich, fiery colors and the upraised ridged flowers. Supported by a very leafy stem, these velvety blooms make a terrific addition to your garden and last for a long time when cut or dried. Because of their stamina, Celosias make great elements in wreaths, fresh bouquets and dried arrangements.
Related to Gomphrenas
, Celosias are drought resistant and can be somewhat invasive. Though very showy, they have no fragrance.
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