Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-20
Cockscomb or Chinese woolflower
There are two kinds of celosia -- the plume version, shown above, and the "cockscomb" style, below. Both are available in spectacular colors that could have been taken straight off a Peter Max poster (look him up, you young 'uns).
Celosia like full sun and long, hot summers, but they can be grown in most any zone. Since they're annuals, they'll die out no matter how mild winter may be. The "flowers" on both versions can be cut and dried for colorful fall or winter arrangements.
Readers, please send twig (firstname.lastname@example.org) images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chanterelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.
PLANTIDOTE GROUP FORMING: Want to help gather images and take Plantidote of the Day to the next level? Of course you do! Join us by clicking the Join Groups menu item to sign up or email me at the address above!
Click on the image to see a larger version. Click here to see the entire series.