Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ is sometimes called simply Celosia Plumosa is also known as Plumed Cockscomb, Prince of Wales Feathers, Feather Celosia, or Silver Cock’s Comb. It is tropical. It is a herbaceous, tender perennial. They usually grow it as an annual. It is part of the Amaranthaceae family of plants. It is considered invasive and a weed in China and India. Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ is a cultivar. But Celosia’s origin is in Africa.
Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ starts flowering in spring. It ranges in color from yellows to oranges and pinks and reds. Usually, it flowers from June to the end of autumn.
Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ flowers are plume-like. They are about 4 to 10in or 10cm to 25cm high. Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ flower heads can last up to 8 weeks. The leaves are spear-shaped and deeply veined.
How to grow Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’:
Grow Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ in the sun. Plant it in rich, moist but well-drained soil. It tolerates poor soil or dry soil as well. Rain and high humidity can rot the flowers. It is an easy grower.
Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ leaves and flowers are edible. They use them for food in Africa and parts of Asia, the young leaves contain protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C, and the nutrients are higher when the plant is young and specifically before flowering. After flowering the taste becomes more bitter.
Celosia argentea ‘Plumosa’ is easy to grow from seeds and if you start early indoors if you live in colder climates or warmer climates you can sow directly outside. It has rather small seeds you can get over 40,000 seeds in an ounce! Watch out for root rot or leaf spot. Water from below rather sparing the flowers.