The name Celosia is derived from the Greek word ‘kelos’ meaning burned. They are sometimes called cockscombs or woolflowers, referring to the plant’s unusual appearance. These striking flame-like flower heads resemble the crest of a rooster or cockscomb.
Design Notes: These unusual blossoms work well in contemporary designs. Its shape adds interest, beauty and texture to floral arrangements.
Colours: Celosia’s colours are brilliant, saturated hues that include yellow, gold, orange, salmon, red , rose, deep magenta, pink, and cream.
Candelabra or Flamingo Celosia
- This type of celosia can be identified by its tall, tapering stems.
- In floral arrangements, this flower will add height and can create negative space. As well, the fluffy appearance adds a soft texture.
- The wispy or wheat-like celosia can add contrast to a arrangement.
- Like the name suggests, the flower heads resemble a rooster comb.
- While the unusual shape adds visual interest and depth to arrangements, the stems are often very short and can limit their use in certain kinds of floral designs.
The addition of celosia to your bouquet adds interest and originality. So have fun with it!