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Celosia

April 2010

Question Could you tell me the real name of the flower that is called cocks comb. I know this is an old flower but I would like to have some seed to get it started. Is it annual? My mother used to grow them but I don't remember a lot about it other than how pretty it was.

Answer Cockscomb is a common name for the annual Celosia cristata. They come in several different flower forms—the combs (which you are referring to) , plumes and spikes. Flower color ranges from red, pink, yellow, orange and white, some having colorful foliage as well. Size of mature plants also runs the gamut from 4-6 inches to 4-6 feet. They make a tough, drought tolerant annual which freely reseeds itself, so they often come back annually with very little work. They make a great cut flower and are often seen in bouquets at farmers markets all summer long. They are easily grown from seed or plants and thrive all summer long provided they get plenty of sunlight.


 

 

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