Celosia spicata ‘Punky Red’

Celosia spicata ‘Punky Red’ on 8-4-12, #113-12.

Celosia spicata ‘Punky Red’
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I ordered seeds of Celosia spicata ‘Punky Red’ from Stokes Seeds in the spring of 2012. I really liked them with their darker red flower spikes. Some grew to around 9″ long by the time cold water set came in December. I didn’t save any seed from them because they didn’t perform as well as the Celosia spicata ‘Ruby Parfait’. Even so, they were a great plant. Maybe they would do better here in Missouri. Someday I will order more seed and try them again but I noticed that they are no longer in the Stokes seed catalog.

Celosia spicata ‘Punky Red’ at 34″ tall in the west bed at the mansion in Mississippi on 7-2-12, #106-9.

They fizzled out in the backyard for some reason, but still did very well in the bed next to the west sunroom. They grew to almost 48″ and flowered until frost. 

I thought Celosia spicata ‘Punky Red’ had been a Fleuroselect winner, but now I can’t seem to verify that. 

I enjoyed growing the Celosia ‘Punky Red’ and liked their long, skinny flower spikes. Their stems were also a reddish color which was a nice contrast to their bright green leaves. 

Information suggests they prefer growing in full sun, which is at least 6 hours a day. They didn’t get that much in the west bed and the ones in the full sun in the backyard fizzled out first…

If you have grown the Celosia ‘Punky Red’, I would like to hear your comments about them. Thanks for reading this page and I hope it was helpful.

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