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Curvaceous Celosia... a favorite of butterflies | by jungle mama
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Curvaceous Celosia... a favorite of butterflies

So delicate and inviting. Hard to not reach out and touch. Velvety. Soft. Luscious pinks and purples, curling and nodding gently in the breeze.


A prime plant for a butterfly garden. Easy to grow. Creates thousands of tiny black seeds and reseeds itself. Plant it and butterflies will soon appear to enjoy it along with you.


Celosia is a small genus of edible and ornamental plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word κηλος (kelos), meaning "burned," and refers to the flame-like flower heads. Species are commonly known as woolflowers, or, if the flower heads are crested by fasciation, cockscombs. The plants are well known in East Africa’s highlands and called by their Swahili name, mfungu.


Celosia spicata, wheat celosia, Amaranthaceae

Butterfly Garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

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Taken on January 29, 2011