A genus of crested or pyramidal flowering plants much used in bedding or for planting in groups or singly in flower borders. The crested forms are dwarf, and form cockscomb-like heads, sometimes nine inches long, and, in fine specimens, as much as four inches broad. Those of bushy or pyramidal form are graceful and open in habit, and grow, in fine specimens, from four to six feet high. The Celosias delight in a warm sunny situation and a deep rich soil not too heavy.
They are propagated by seeds sown in March, in a gentle heat, and covered to the depth of an eighth of an inch. When they are two inches high, pot them singly in three-inch pots and return them to a house or hotbed until they form fresh roots in the new soil, when they should be moved to a cold frame and gradually hardened off by being given a free circulation of air. Plant them, about the beginning of May, where they are to bloom.