Colours and shapes
Celosia is recognisable by its striking curly shape and fiery colours. The flower grows in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or multi-coloured varieties. The crested version, Celosia cristata, is commonly known as cockscomb, as it looks like the head of a rooster. Other species are known as woolflower. This versatile flower has a pleasant herbal perfume.
The Celosia is a symbol of boldness. If you want to wish someone courage, a large bunch of Celosia will send the right message. The name comes from Greek word keleos, meaning 'burning' — a reference to the flame-red colours.
Celosia is a member of the amaranth family. It grows wild in the tropical regions in Africa, Asia, Indonesia and South America.