Cockscomb - Celosia
Common Names: Cockscomb, Celosia, Brain Flower, Wool Flower
Botanical names: Celosia, (see-LO-si-ah)
Availability: July through November
Vase life: 5 to 14 days
Storage temperatures: 39 - 45 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: No
Description: Celosia is a very interesting and unusual flower shape, resembling a cockscomb or folds of the brain. The blossom is large and found singly at the end of a heavy stalk.
Color: Red, yellow, orange, pink, various shades
Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek word keleos for burning, referring to the bright red blossoms. Celosia is related to Amaranthus.
Design notes: These unusual blossoms work well in contemporary designs. Its shape adds wonderful form and texture to floral designs.
Purchasing hints: Blossoms should be bright, not dull and the foliage should be turgid.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut 2 inches off of the stem end with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Celosia does not tolerate cold storeage or store store well.