ce·​lo·​sia | \ sē-ˈlō-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce celosia (audio) \

Definition of celosia

: any of a genus (Celosia) of tropical annual herbs (such as cockscomb) of the amaranth family that have alternate leaves and showy flower spikes often forming feathery clusters in cultivated forms

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In mid-August plant transplants of zinnias, marigolds and celosias that are in bud but not yet in bloom. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Celosia Spicata This wheat celosia can grow from 2 to 4 feet and in red, pink, or purple. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "18 Summer Flowers That Can Take The Heat," 27 July 2016 That's not to mention the towering Baobab trees and stone forests the conservatory brought in, or the array of beautiful plants — from orange bidens and red celosia to purple salvia and green ipomoea. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "This woman was arrested for theft — butterfly theft, Ohio police say | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Flowers to start from seed: Cannabis, cosmos, snaps, ageratum, seed dahlias, godetia, aster, celosia, malva, salvia, lupine, Achimenes (tubers), brachyscome (15C), dianthus (5), stock(10L), lockspar (20C). Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners, it’s time to germinate something," 29 Mar. 2018 In the flower garden, plant aster, celosia, cosmos, larkspur, nasturtium, nicotiana, portulaca, salvia, snapdragon, verbena and zinnia. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Turn your flower garden green this St. Patrick's Day | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Coconut frond, anthurium, orchid, celosia, and bromeliad with a LBK Studio glass sculpture, $550 at abchome.com. Brittany Asch, The Cut, "Exploring ‘Freakebana’, a New Style of Arranging Flowers," 12 Dec. 2017 Flowers which air dry well include goldenrod, hydrangea, statice, strawflower, celosia, rosebuds, yarrow, globe amaranth, grass plumes, rudbeckia, bachelor's buttons, zinnias and sunflower, to name a few. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to create festive and free holiday decorations straight from your garden," 4 Nov. 2017 Alana Giarrano, an undergraduate, appeared with a box containing milk thistle, St. John’s wort, stinging nettle and a plant with a fuzzy pink shock of a flower, like a tiny mohawk, called dwarf coral, or celosia. Written By Annie Correal; Photographs By Karsten Moran, New York Times, "A Seed Artist Germinates History," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of celosia

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for celosia

New Latin, irregular from Greek kēleos burning; akin to Greek kaiein to burn

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