Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Punky Red’

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

Wheat Celosia,  Wheat Straw Celosia

Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Punky Red’


Celosia argentea (Spicata Group)

se-LO-see-uh  ar-JEN-tee-uh  spi-KAH-tuh


Celosia spicata

I ordered seeds of Celosia ‘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.

The species name has changed and Celosia spicata is now considered a synonym of Deeringia spicata… I object because Deeringia spicata is a shrub not an herbaceous plant… The botanists who named Deeringia spicata and Celosia spicata knew full well they were not the same plants in the first place… According to “whoever” is in charge, the correct and accepted name for “this” species is now Celosia argentea, which in the beginning, was not wheat Celosia. Many websites are using Celosia argentea var. spicata for the wheat-type Celosia and that is what I am sticking with as well.


Celosia argentea var. ‘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…

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know.

*The Wikipedia pages for Celosia is not up to date as far as the list of species is concerned… The species page is for Celosia argentea, which is also not up-to-snuff… Still using The Plant List as a reference even though this page was updated in February 2018…



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