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Celosia 'Cramers' Burgundy'
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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.
, Celosia plants are drought resistant and can be somewhat invasive. Though very showy, they have no fragrance. For great ideas for Celosia companion plants, check out companion plants among our
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Celosias are thought to have originated on the dry slopes of Africa and India, as well as dry regions in both North and South America. Although there are no references in western medical texts, they were reportedly used by Chinese herbalists to stop bleeding and treat blood diseases, as well as urinary tract infections.
The name, Celosia, is derived from the Greek and translates into 'burning' - there red, orange and yellow plumed varieties look like flames, whereas the crested Celosias look very much like rooster's red combs - giving them a common name of 'Cockscomb'.
Maroon, blooms in Summer
'Cramer's Burgundy' is a stunning deep red with large, velvety blooms that look similar in texture to little brains. Long lasting blooms make this a great candidate for fresh or dried arrangements, but there is no noticeable fragrance.
Harvest these compact ridged flower heads or deadhead often to encourage better blooming for longer.
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