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14 Stunning Types of Celosia You Can Grow

Discover the most beautiful Types of Celosia and pick your favorite one out from the list to add an exquisite flair to the garden.

If you are looking for colorful annual flowering plants, then the brightly colored inflorescences of Celosia are what you should be adding to your garden. As the genus has more than 60 different species, we have picked out the best Types of Celosia for you!

Check out our article on growing Celosia here


Types of Celosia

1. Crested Coxcomb

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Botanical Name: Celosia cristata

USDA Zone: 9-12

Best Varieties: Celosia Cristata Magenta, Giant red-crested cockscomb, Lemon-lime celocia cristata

This sculptural and decorative celosia variety looks like the crown of a rooster or hen! The word ‘Cristata’ implies ‘crested,’ and that is what flowers appear.

It blooms from late spring till frost in red to purple blossoms, and also pink, orange, blue, and yellow shades.

2. Plumed Celosia

Botanical Name: Celosia plumosa

USDA Zone: 10-11

This popular tender perennial features thick and large plumes that look like feathers in bright pink, red, orange, and yellow shades from spring to fall. The bright green leaves contrast well with plumes. It grows up to 6 inches to 2 feet tall.

3. Silver’s Cockscomb

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Botanical Name: Celosia argentea

USDA Zone: 9-12

Best Varieties: Celosia Argentea chief orange, plumed cockscomb, celosia fresh look orange

This classic variety displays bright plumes in yellow, purple, red, and pink shades that look painted in artificial colors. It grows up to 2-3 feet tall with bright green foliage—the plant flowers in summer and fall.

4. Wheat Celosia

Botanical Name: Celosia spicata

USDA Zone: 10-11

Best Varieties: Feather Celosia and Ruby Parfait

Celosia Spicata is another famous tallest variety of coxcomb that shows off cylindrical to conical, tail of fox-like ‘fluffy’ plumes in silver, pink, purple, and magenta hues.

It flowers from early summer to mid-fall and grows up to 4-5 feet tall. The foliage is green that appears scattered in the branches.

5. Palmer’s Cockscomb

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Botanical Name: Celosia palmeri

USDA Zone: 10-12

This celosia features ornamental, rich magenta purple-hued regular conical plumes; the deep green leaves are decorative. It grows up to 3 feet tall and flowers repeatedly throughout the year.

6. King Coral

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Botanical Name: Celosia King Coral

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King Coral displays the marvelous texture of immense blooms, each plant produces a king-sized coral pink velvety head.

7. Asian Garden

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Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Asian Garden’

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Asian gardens boast light to dark pink plumes, making a perfect addition to cottage gardens of summer annuals and cut flowers both fresh and dry.

8. Sylphid

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Botanical Name: Celosia plumosa ‘Sylphid’

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It bears long plumes of lime green blooms from January until frosts. This gorgeous cut flower makes a beautiful border plant.

9. Apricot Brandy

Botanical Name: Celosia plumosa ‘Apricot Brandy’

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This 6-12 inch plant exhibit red-purple foliage and apricot-orange plumes. It gives a beautiful display as a hedge flower.

10. Cramer’s Amazon

Botanical Name: Celosia argentea cristata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’

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Discovered in Peru by Ralph Cramer, it features violet-magenta-pink blooms on ruby-blushed stems lasting mid-summer to the end of fall.

11. Flamingo Feathers

Botanical Name: Celosia spicata ‘Flamingo Feathers’

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This beautifully branched plant offers rose pink flower spikes over green leaves. It can grow up to 3-4 feet tall.

12. Red Velvet

Botanical Name: Celosia ‘Red Velvet’

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Red velvet celosia is an annual cultivar that offers fuzzy blood-red erect blooms like a flower bouquet, it grows up to 10-18 inches tall.

13. Toreador

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Botanical Name: Celosia cristata ‘Toreador’

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It grows up to 18-20 inches tall and produces bright red 12-inch flower heads. This variety is admired for dried arrangements as they won’t lose their color.

14. Ruby Parfait

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Botanical Name: Celosia ‘Ruby Parfait’

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Also known as red fox and wheat celosia, the arrow-shaped, dark rose plumes with 2-3 inches textural flower spikes stand out in the flower garden with their exceptional charm and beauty.

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