University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers & Indoor Plants

Celosia, Cockscomb (Celosia spp.)

Celosia is a showy garden plant grown as an annual. It has an upright growth habit, from one-half to two feet in height. Leaves are alternate, simple, oblong, and two to four inches long. Celosia has two types of flowers: the plume type with a fluffy, light, airy texture that blows freely in a breeze, and the cockscomb type with flowers that look like brain tissue to some people. Flower color may be yellow, pink, purple or orange.