Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals

A New Twist with Celosia

by Susan Littlefield


Looking for something unusual for your flower garden next spring? Give a new twist to your plantings with Celosia 'Twisted'. This eye-catching variety of Celosia cristata features bright red, convoluted, crested flower heads for a unique, bold accent in garden.

This new variety from Ball Horticultural will perform all season long when grown in full sun and given regular fertilization. Growing 16-20 inches tall and 12-14 inches wide with an upright growth habit, 'Twisted' will be at home in garden beds as well as container plantings.

Celosia hails originally from the tropics, so be sure to wait until the weather is warm and settled before setting seedlings in the garden, usually a week or two after the last frost date. Celosia doesn't like soggy soil, cold, root disturbance, or abrupt changes in conditions, so plant carefully in a well-drained location and give consistent water and fertilization for the best performance. Look for 'Twisted' at garden stores and greenhouses next spring.

For more about Celosia 'Twisted', go to National Garden Bureau.

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