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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-08

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Celosia, cockscomb

Not sure what variety this is, but who cares? Those cheery, tropical colors are like human catnip for some of us! You can grow celosia in the garden, but probably not right at the moment. These annuals can't tolerate cold weather; otherwise they're not difficult to grow. Celosia make stunning cut flowers, and I just learned that you can also dry them (see link above), which is a pretty great idea.


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Submitted by lambert on

It is a sunny day up here. Unfortunately, in the winter, sunny means high pressure, and that means cold!! Weather mavens, please correct.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

With such a dense and complicated flower, I wonder what might be the pollinator for this.
Flowers evolve based upon the available pollinators and this flower doesn't make sense. Well, I suppose the hybridizers can create flowers without regard to pollinators.

The colors are stupendous.