Growing at the periphery of the same public park where I photographed the golden chains, I would have given this plant a miss if not for its vivid pink tipped candle-like flower heads which caught my attention and drew me to them. The bush I chanced upon was growing well, flowering profusely, although I doubt if its a common plant in Malaysia as this is the first time I have ever come across one. I did not know what they were then, but they were wonderful to look at and certainly beautiful to photograph.
Wheat celosia is a unique annual that grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet, produces multiple stems topped with spiky pink to purple flower heads. Small individual flowers open from the bottom up and take on a silvery sheen as they mature, providing a two-toned floral effect. Its name is derived from the Greek word ‘kelos’ which translates to ‘burned’, aptly describing the look of celosias, which bear a resemblance to licks of flames erupting from the stems.
Wishing all a great weekend and i hope this ‘flowers for the weekend’ post light up your weekend ever more 🙂 .
Photos: Fuji X-E2 with XF 55-200mm