Lagos Spinach aka Celosia
Celosia argentea var. spicata
days to maturity: 90 days
plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: worms in the growing tip
harvest notes: clip flowering tips as needed
Celosia is a variety of tropical friendly amaranth that we grow in our gardens for production of its showy, edible, variegated leaves and beautiful flower head. Amaranth is commonly grown throughout the world for its edible grain, many Caribbean natives using the leaves as cooked greens in traditional dishes like the stewed green ‘callaloo’. In the permaculture community, we have also heard this variety referred to as ‘Lagos Spinach’. Use the tender leaves of the Celosia
plant for cooking, let it flower, and enjoy the beautiful fuchsia blossoms as a cut flower, fresh or dried. The celosia flower is already quite dry in nature, lasting a long time on the plant and even longer in a vase. Celosia is considered summer and tropical friendly because it is a tender perennial in areas with low freeze days (zones 10-12), but it can also be grown successfully as an annual in most zones through the continental US. Allow the plant to reach its peak size and it creates a large shrub with hundreds of pointed blossoms. If grown as an annual it may not
reach such sizes, but will still yield a good amount of beautiful flowers and edible leaves.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here.
When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.
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