On one end of our Zinnia garden, we have this flower planted. Does it look familiar? No? This is ‘Watch’ Celosia, an heirloom variety of celosia. Celosias are types of amaranth, the same family as one of the more hated weeds – pigweed. It isn’t blooming yet, so hopefully it will start putting on flowers before it freezes this fall. (Okay, it’s hot enough, we’re definitely not in any danger yet!) Celosias love hot, dry weather, so it should enjoy the next couple weeks.
This particular variety of celosia was discovered/selected here in Wichita, and because of that it is awesome in our climate. It used to be widely available, but most commercial bedding plant growers have switched to growing hybrid varieties that are vegetatively propagated rather than from seed. The only way to have this particular variety is to save seeds from a plant.
When the celosia starts blooming, I’ll post some pictures. If you would like some seeds to try for yourself, leave a comment and I’ll make arrangements to get them to you.