Celosia is another plant that is great for drying. What's more, its flowers have a very interesting form and colors, thanks to which they can become an original addition to interiors or bouquets.
Celosia, is an annual plant belonging to the amaranth family. Its homeland is warm and dry areas of India, although it has also spread to other parts of Asia, South and Central America and Africa. In Europe, it is an ornamental plant, grown in gardens and pots. The starting species is silver celosia occurring in three varieties, i.e. Celosia plumosa, Celosia cristata and Celosia spicata. A characteristic feature of the plant are inflorescences with interesting shapes and beautiful coloring. For this reason, it is very popular among florists. It is a species ideal for dry bouquets.
How does Celosia look?
Silver cockscomb is distinguished by its erect habit. Stems can grow up to 70 cm, although in garden conditions they rarely reach this height. The stems bear lanceolate leaves - dark green with lighter veining. At the ends of the shoots, the plant develops impressive inflorescences in the form of spikes covered with countless small flowers. They are usually pink, purple or yellow. Under the right conditions, celosia blooms from the end of June until the first frost. The plant does not tolerate low temperatures.
Celosia in natural conditions and in the garden
In its natural environment, Celsia grows in Asia, Central and South America. It also appears in Africa. Because it is a fast-growing species, it is considered a weed in the tropics and subtropics. In India and China, like amaranth, it is cultivated as a vegetable and medicinal plant.
In Europe celosia is considered primarily as an ornamental plant. Although it looks beautiful both in the garden and in dry bouquets, it is worth remembering that this plant is quite difficult to grow. Coming from a warm climate, it prefers well-sunlit places and sheltered from the wind, because it does not tolerate drafts. It grows best on a fertile and at the same time light, permeable soil. The soil should be constantly moist, but at the same time celosia should be protected against water stagnation, which can cause rotting of the roots. It is worth noting that the plant does not tolerate air pollution well. Because it is a species that is not resistant to frost, in Poland it is cultivated as an annual plant, while in its native environment it is a perennial. Not very developed root system makes celosia suitable for the garden, as well as for boxes and pots decorating balconies or terraces. The plant requires regular fertilization with biohumus or mineral preparations. To prolong the flowering of celosia, regularly remove dried inflorescences.
Celosia - how to use it?
Celozja looks great both in country and rustic gardens, as well as in modern ones. It is best to plant it on a small hill surrounded by other species. However, these cannot be plants belonging to the amaranth family, because celosia does not tolerate the proximity of its relatives. It is also perfect for dry bouquets. The advantage of celosia, both spiky and crested, is that the flowers do not lose their color after drying. At the same time, they are so impressive that you can boldly create compositions consisting solely of celosia. Nothing stands in the way of combining it with other dried plants. Celosia looks beautiful in the company of glixia, craspedia or achillea. You can combine it with safflower and nigella. The composition can be complemented by grains, pampas grass, sorghum and even eucalyptus. Single twigs of celosia are great for creating compositions under a glass dome or 3D paintings made of dried flowers. They can also be used for wreaths and reeds. Decorations made of celosia will perfectly fit into any arrangement. They will also become a great decoration for special events - weddings, weddings or holy communion.
Dried celosia in Blosmi
Blosmi offers dried silver cockscomb in a subtle, white and pink color. Thanks to this, it perfectly harmonizes with most dried flowers, giving infinitely many inspirations for creating bouquets and other compositions. In one bunch you will find about 80 g of celosia with shoot lengths ranging from 40 to 50 cm. All plants are carefully protected during transport.