Cockscomb Celosia–the country garden plant that keeps on giving. I don’t plant celosia–it plants itself. Each season it drops enough seeds to grow another crop the following summer. It doesn’t emerge until after I have turned and tilled the green bean bed. As the beans come up, so does the celosia, existing happily together.
The flowers do not form and begin to grow tall until the beans are finished; they do not hamper my bean picking at all. And once I pull the spent bean plants, the celosia continues to flourish, adding a lovely touch of color to the late summer garden.
Celosia is an everlasting flower meaning it will keep its shape and color when air-dried. I pick it to add to colorful autumn wreaths. The deep burgundy color is a wonderful foil for the bright yellow of yarrow and orange of bittersweet.
This autumn wreath is accented with burgundy cockscomb, dried red roses, yellow yarrow, and brown sourdock heads. The base is wormwood and silver king artemesia. Dried wreaths when displayed inside will last for years. Several wreaths of different designs will be available at the Farm Grove SEPTEMBER SALE, September 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cockscomb celosia has the look and feel of velvet.