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Plantidote of the Day 2011-11-09

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Celosia argenta

Celosia argenta var. spicata

Wheatstraw Celosia, Cramers Amazon

A stunning variety of Celosia from the Peruvian Amazon. A high yield, very invasive self-seeder, running up to 6ft tall spikes. Takes full sun, an annual in most zones, and an exceptional dried flower. Butterflies, hummingbirds and insects of all kinds love it.

Wheatstraw Celosia

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