Celosia argentea, commonly known as the plumed cockscomb or silver cock's comb, is a herbaceous plant of tropical origin, and is known for its very bright colors. In India and China it is known as a troublesome weed.
The attractive Celosia plant from the Amaranth family goes by the common names of woolflowers, cockscomb flower and “Flamingo Feather.” The unusual looking annual flowers can bloom for up to ten weeks, with Celosia flower heads of red, purple, gold, pink or sometimes bi-colored flower colors. The name ‘Celosia’, actually means ‘burning’ in Greek, and when blooming in large numbers the Celosia argentea plumosa type blooms together, resemble an ornamental grass of fire. With a number of different Celosia plant types and cultivars, not all look the way you would expect. Different sizes (from 6 inches to 2 feet in size), along with a variety of vibrant colors and shapes. One form with velvety, ruffled looks like a brain.