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Dragon's Breath® Celosia

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 15 - 18 Inches
  • Growing Zones 10 - 11
  • Use As A Thriller In Containers

Like crimson flames from a dragon’s mouth, Dragon’s Breath® Celosia’s fiery-red plumes flow from a mass of reddish-green foliage. Also known as Celosia argentea var. cristata, this annual shrub features extra-large flowers that bloom throughout summer and fall. Dragon’s Breath® adores heat and sun and its vivid flowers and ovate leaves look great in the heat of the summer; snip them to make sophisticated bouquets. This plant also supports the environment. Bumblebees don’t just like Dragon’s Breath® Celosia, they love it!

Hailing from hot climates in Africa and South America, this showy shrub is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and cold hardy in zones 10 and 11. Add it to beds, borders, and containers for bright color, height, and interesting texture. Plant it en masse in a foundation planting or border to magnify its bold colors. Growing it as a specimen in a container provides focal interest to smaller spaces, including patios, decks, porches, and entryways.

Dragon's Breath® Celosia Care

Plant heat-loving Dragon's Breath® Cockscomb in full sun. This ornamental tolerates various soils as long as they are moist, well draining, and slightly acidic to neutral. The pH should be 6.0 to 7.0. Poorly draining soil should be amended with compost or perlite to deter fungal diseases. Make sure this shrub gets about one inch of water per week. To encourage bigger and brighter blooms, apply a fertilizer with higher levels of phosphorus than nitrogen during the beginning of the blooming season. 

This ornamental does not typically require heavy pruning. Pinch once to create bushier growth and trim to shape or manage size. Deadhead spent blooms to support abundant blooming during the remainder of the flowering season. If maintained in a container in a cold climate, bring the pot indoors to overwinter. 

Dragon's Breath® Celosia Spacing

Space each plant 15 to 18 inches apart. Plant it in borders and beds with companion plants, including cosmos, salvias, and zinnias. Assemble striking bouquets by combining the cut flowers with dahlias, solidago, daisies, and gomphrena. To enjoy the flowers and leaves long after the heat of summer has passed, trim them and add to bouquets or dry them and add to  holiday wreaths.

Dragon's Breath® Celosia Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 - 11
Plant Type: Annuals
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 15 - 18 Inches
Spacing: 15 - 18 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Description: Red Shades
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green Shades
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Attracts: N/A
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Containers
Features: Low Maintenance
Brand:
Common Name: Dragons Breath Celosia
Other Name(s): Celosia Dragons Breath, Dragons Breath Cockscomb
Scientific Name: Celosia argentea var. cristata
SKU:
CELDB123

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.

Summer

If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!

Winter

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations