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.