Commonly known as cockscomb or silver cock’s comb, Celosia is a plant of tropical origin and is known for its vibrant, bright colors and unique shapes.
“There were sunflowers big as flowers on Mars, and thick cockscombs bleeding the deep red fringe of theater curtains. ”
— Lela Seely
Super unique in appearance, it’s no surprise this wondrous bloom comes with many unique meanings to boot.
Love & Affection: In many cultures, cockscomb or “celosia” are believed to have a magical power of love. In western Africa, they’re often referred to as soko yokoto which means the food that makes husband’s face rosy. *blushes*
This flower blooms from summer to autumn, remaining vibrant even as the landscape around them fades away—giving them the symbol of unfading love! Even as everything else is turning dull and dreary, celosia remains bright and colorful.
Silliness & Foppery: Due to their unusual, exotic look—cockscomb is often associated with silliness.
Singularity & Partnership: Say what!? Yes, a paradox! Celosia is a clear standout in every garden, but can also pair wonderfully with other companion plants. Giving it the symbol of both singularity and partnership!
Strength & Immortality: Celosia remains strong and beautiful even during intense storms. Their strength reigns clear and true after a stiff wind just as they do during intense sunlight. They’re hardy, they’re resilient, and they can weather any storm!
Courage: Their bold appearance makes them the perfect flower to gift one in need of a little courage. 
It is unknown where exactly celosia originated from, although many speculate the dry slopes of Africa and India as well as the dry, stony regions of both North and South America. Nonetheless, they have been grown in North America since the 18th century! 
Their exotic beauty aside, these blooms have great medicinal value as well, and have been cultivated as a veggie throughout history.
They have also made an appearance in many superstitions and beliefs of magic. It is said that dreaming of celosia is a good omen, particularly in pregnant women, as it’s a sign they are having a daughter. (We suppose this could be viewed as a good or a not-so-good omen depending on which gender you’re hoping for!). When a man dreams of this bloom, he will likely attract prosperity and abundance, and when a single woman dreams of celosia, it is believed that her true love is on the way!
Celosia also has a firm history in religious ceremonies throughout time. In ancient religions, the flame-like flowers of celosia were used in many worship rituals and mourning services. In today’s world, they are used in Mexican churches as altar decor, shrines, and graves—especially during the Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations. The vibrant, colorful hues of the celosia are believed to keep the occasion joyous and cheerful.
As we’ve mentioned, celosia is also well known for its medicinal and nutritional value including, iron, protein, calcium, vitamin A & C, and phosphorous. Its leaves have also been used as a poultice for sores and boils while its seeds can be used for alleviating bowel issues. Some parts of the plant have also been used to treat eye diseases, intestinal worms, mouth sores, and even blood diseases. 
There are tons of different varieties of celosia, but most are bedding types—meaning they’re usually planted for visual appeal.
These un-fussy plants are super easy to grow once you get them in the ground.
Alright, and now onto how you should care for your freshly cut celosia.
Tips for Drying Celosia:
In some cultures, celosia is the traditional flower given during Labor Day and brought to football parties due to its festive feather-like appearance. Give celosia as a symbol of affection and silliness, or to someone with whom you’ve shared lots of love & laughs! 
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