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Kelos® Purple Celosia

Celosia 'Kelos Purple'

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Kelos® Purple Celosia (Celosia 'Kelos Purple') at Bachman's Landscaping

Kelos® Purple Celosia flowers

Kelos® Purple Celosia flowers

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Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Cockscomb, Plume Celosia, Woolflower

Group/Class:  Kelos Series

Description:

Large, brightly colored summer plumes of purple, set against the deep green foliage on a dense compact plant; an impressive display when massed in the garden or along borders; a great container plant as well

Ornamental Features

Kelos® Purple Celosia features showy plumes of purple flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kelos® Purple Celosia is a dense herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kelos® Purple Celosia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Kelos® Purple Celosia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Kelos® Purple Celosia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features