Some people arrive at a party and immediately make every head turn. Celosia has the same effect. This striking, flamboyant flower is a standout addition to any bouquet.
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.