Celosia spicata (Amaranth Celosia) is a small plant that typically grows to two to five feet in height. It is native to tropical Americas, Africa, and Asia. Celosia spicata is a hardy plant that thrives in full sun and requires regular watering. When properly cared for, Celosia spicata produces eye-catching pink and red-crimson flowers that will make your garden stand out. The light reflecting off of these flowers also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. As a bonus, Celosia spicata is cold hardy to 30°F when mature, making it a great choice for gardens in USDA Zones 9-11. Most gardeners treat celosias as annual flowers in hardiness zones 2-9.
Celosia spicata is easy to grow in a pot, making it the perfect choice for colder regions. When growing Celosia spicata in a pot, make sure to choose a pot that has adequate drainage, filled with well-draining soil. Be sure to give your Celosia spicata ample water, as too little can cause it to wilt while too much can cause it to rot. Insufficient water can also lead to fewer and smaller flowers. For best results, plant your Celosia spicata in an area with plenty of sun and water regularly.
Celosia spicata is a beautiful, vibrant annual that will bring life to any garden. Not only does it boast lovely pink and red-crimson flowers, but it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.