Dragon's Breath® Celosia Seeds

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Foliage as bright as the blooms

Has there ever been such a radiantly beautiful celosia? This variegated cockscomb offers red-hot plumes above olive-green leaves edged in and shot with red accents. A late-flowering variety, it holds beautifully, thrives in heat and humidity, and doesn't mind drying out a bit between waterings'. It's the answer to the container gardener's biggest summer dilemma, and a boon for any sunny setting.

Dragon's Breath is a magnificent presence in the annual bed, patio pot, and vase. It grows quickly and flowers over a long, late season, extending the glory of the celosias into fall. And there is simply nothing like it in terms of eye-popping, irresistible color.

Reaching 2 feet high in bloom, Dragon's Breath actually increases its leaf and flower production in hot, humid weather, and likes its soil on the dry side. Many container annuals simply cannot last in the punishing conditions of August, but Dragon's Breath prefers the soil to dry a bit between waterings', so those sweltering days are no problem. Amazing.

The variegated foliage is another boon, keeping Dragon's Breath handsome both before and after bloom as well as during its long show of color. You will love the red-and-green mix on these leaves: it shades rather than outlines, so you can't really tell where the green ends and red begins.

Dragon's Breath seed does best when direct sown, and once it has germinated, it would rather not be moved. Sow the seed outdoors well after all danger of frost has passed, setting it just ⅛-inch deep and covering lightly. It should sprout in 5 to 7 days. Thin the plants to about 8 inches apart for dense, leaf-to-leaf coverage. They should be blooming by mid-July from a May sowing.

If you prefer to begin them indoors, here's how: Sow them at 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, ⅛-inch deep and covered lightly. After germination, grow on at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and bottom-water with lukewarm water to avoid chills. The seedlings are usually ready to transplant in just 3 weeks. When you set them outdoors, protect them from direct sun for about a week while they acclimatize.


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Genus Celosia
Species argentea plumosa
Variety Dragon's Breath®
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 24 in
Plant Width 15 in - 18 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Season Extenders, Variegated
Bloom Color Red
Foliage Color Olive Green, Red, Variegated
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

October 25, 2022

Long Lasting / Great Color

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

It’s almost November and these are still going strong. Color is extremely vibrant. Planted some in the top of a strawberry pot with mint growing from the bottom and these are now almost 3 feet tall with blooms everywhere. An absolute show-stopper for my fall displays. Love them!

Desiree from FL
September 16, 2019

Great foliage color

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

6/10 germinated. Wonderful color - great contrast with Orange Whopper marigolds. Very robust plant. Wilted when I didn't water but plumped right up when I did. Still stunning halfway through September.

Laura Moreira from NY
February 09, 2019

Few sprouted, but I can still recommend

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Of the 10 seeds, only 3 sprouted, but the plants performed spectacularly. Super colorful, large, lush, and the deer didn't go near 'em.

Peter Kolonia from NJ

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