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Flowers That Look Like Cotton Candy [And There are 5+ of Them]

Enjoy the cotton candy to the fullest during the spring when the look-alike presents their fascinating fluffy bloom and seed head.

Generally, Prairie Smoke, Celosia, Smoke Tree, Astilbe, Hyacinth, and Creeping Avens look like cotton candy because of their fluffy seed head that gives the plant a smoky appearance and cluster of blooms similar to the floss head of cotton candy.

So without further ado, dig into the article to learn which flowers can hallucinate you the most as cotton candy.

What Flowers Look Like Cotton Candy?

Cotton candy is a feast for your eyes and mouth that melts within a few seconds. And having the delicacy in the form of flowers can be even more candid and refreshing.

So here are the flowers that look like the fluffy pink head of the cotton candy floss.

1. Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) is a perennial flowering plant native to North American prairies. It grows in the wild of the USDA zone 3-7.

The Prairie Smoke is the earliest spring bloomer among all prairies, producing reddish-pink to purple flowers during late spring through summer.

The flowers undergo pollination to produce silvery-pink fluffy seed heads called achenes.

The cotton candy like seed head of Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke is drought-tolerant and deer resistant.
These achenes form feathery plumes that reach up to 3 inches long and give the seed head the look of cotton candy.

2. Smoke Bush

A member of the Poison Ivy family, Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria) is a spreading deciduous shrub native to Europe and China.

The Smoke Bush, also known as the Smoke Tree, features purple-leaved foliage and smoky pink flower clusters.

Blooms of woody shrubs usually appear during summer and have billowy hairs. These hairs are purple to pink and form plumes, which give off a cotton candy look.
The flower clusters of Smoke Bush
Smoke Bush is a disease and pest resistant and works best as a hedge.

Meanwhile, you see the Smoke Bush in gardens of cities falling under USDA zone 4-9.

3. Creeping Avens

Belonging to the Rose family, Creeping Avens (Geum reptans) is a native of Europe and Asia but is widely cultivated in USDA zone 4-8.

The Creeping Avens shows rhizomatous perennial behavior and is a natural ground cover that provides you with showy blooms.

Usually, the Creeping Avens shows two flower stage during their blooming season in late spring or summer.

Initially, it produces a buttery yellow flower that later wilts to form fuzzy, pink seed heads, giving it a cotton candy-like structure.

4. Celosia

Celosia (Celosia spp.), also known as wool flowers, is an annual ornamental plant in the USDA zone 2-9, while tender perennial in 10-12.

The plant is native to the African Peninsula and has a unique inflorescence that produces everlasting bold flame-like flowers.

You can enjoy the fluffy purple, red, and orange silky plumes from summer till the first frost as the bloom lasts ten weeks.

Different colored bloom of Celosia that look like cotton candy
The Celosia is often used in gardens and flower arrangements.
This is when Celosia appears like ocean coral and cotton candy, which you can use as a cut flower indoors.

5. Prunus ‘Candy Floss’

A cherry blossom tree with strong branches that is native to Japan is Prunus Candy Floss.

The Prunus Candy Floss receives its name because of the large double flowers with fringed petals that make it look like cotton candy.

The pink flowers of Prunus Candy Floss
Prunus Candy Floss is a good choice for pollinator gardens.

Also, you can enjoy the deep pink blooms that resemble crushed velvet twice a year. The first is during mid-April, and the second from October to January.

6. Astilbe

The gorgeous perennial of the Saxifragaceae family is Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis), commonly known as False Goat’s Beard.

Astilbe is a rhizomatous flowering herb native to the Far East and Noth America.

It produces the most vibrant feathery flowers from late spring through summer. The flowers are in shades of crimson to white and pink that appear fluffy due to their spikes.

The pink to purple flowers spike of Astilbe
The vibrant bloom of Astilbe is used in borders and woodland gardens.

This gives the flower have plum-appearance and looks like cotton candy.

From Editorial Team

Gardening Tips!

The feathery seed heads and hairy blooms add a touch of warmth and charm to any garden. So you can try using the flowers as a border and landscape plant.

Also, you can use Celosia as an edible ornamental flower, while Astilbe is an excellent option to add a solid aroma to your indoors.

Enjoy And Happy Gardening!