Answer: Cockscomb belong to the botanical family Amaranthaceae; the species is Celosia. The name Celosia is from the Greek "kelos", meaning "burned", and refers to the color and appearance of the flower clusters. Cockscombs are native to the tropics and subtropics, and cultivated varieties are usually grown as annuals. Cockscombs may be grown from seed, either planted directly into the garden or started indoors in early spring. They like deep, fertile, and moist soil; if the soil dries out their growth may be stunted. Cockcombs can be grown as an annual in Wisconsin; just be sure to protect from frost. You will probably want to start your seeds indoors, or plant purchased plants, since the growing season is relatively short.
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