One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that includes cockscomb.
Genus Celosia, family Amarantaceae
- ‘Skip dwarf bedding plants; you need celosias 20-to 40-inches tall for dramatic vertical accent in arrangements.’
- ‘Replace fading cool-season annuals with heat lovers like celosias, dahlias, marigolds, petunias, salvias, and verbenas.’
- ‘Most of our celosia fell victim to damping off, and the larkspur and other flowers were late.’
- ‘Colourful petunias, vincas, celosias, dahlias and so on offer a feast to the eyes.’
- ‘Hydrangeas, celosia, yarrow, baby's breath, rose buds, and cornflowers also dry well and make gorgeous decorations.’
Modern Latin, from Greek kēlos ‘burnt or dry’ (from the burnt appearance of the flowers in some species).
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