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Cockscomb FieldCockscomb Celosia

harvest season: July-October
vase life: 1-2 weeks

With absolutely lurid colors, an irresistible velvety texture, and its bizarre but cool flower form, cockscomb celosia is a real head-turner. Cockscomb is a nostalgic favorite in Kentucky. People are immediately transported back to their grandmother's flower gardens when they see our cockscombs, probably because this impressive and strange flower never fails to make a strong impression on kids.

Celosias are late-summer cut flowers that come in many varieties and colors. Celosia plumosa, commonly called wheat, plume, or flame celosia, comes in forms ranging from broad cones to tall spikes to feathery plumes with vivid colors of orange, red, pink, yellow, and green. They make a striking late summer filler in bouquets or can be used as a gracefully arching accent in formal arrangements. Like all celosias, they combine brilliant color with incredible texture and an unusual flower form.

bumblebeeDespite being fairly dry flowers with no particularly obvious nectar flow, celosias are extremely attractive to bees and other nectar-feeding insects. In the very late summer, bumblebees don't even bother to leave the flowers over night and are reluctant to let go when we're harvesting in the cool morning. We have to be particularly careful not to get accidentally stung during this "season of the sleepy bee."

Celosias, especially cockscombs, are very long-lasting cut flowers even with minimal care. They can be easily dried. Although the color of the dried flowers can't compare with the brilliance of the fresh, they provide a bright spot of color during the winter when the heat of summer is just a memory.

Mixed Cockscomb Bouquets
mixed cockscomb bouquets