Cockscomb (Celosia argentea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Celosia argentea Accepted
Celosia argentea var. cristata Synonym
Celosia plumosa Synonym
Celosia argentea f. cristata Synonym
Celosia cristata Synonym

Also sold as:
Celosia argentea var. plumosa

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 9-12 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
Red
White
Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Flower is just starting to form

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Comments:
Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 11:43 AM

Dwarf Cockscomb (Celosia argentea var. plumosa) appeared in my garden as a welcome volunteer in the summer of 2013. It grew over two feet tall in full sun and bloomed prolifically, proving to be an excellent nectar source for bees, particularly later in the season when most other blossoms had faded. Late into the fall, there were bees buzzing around it eagerly. It reseeded vigorously and appeared in multiple places in my garden the following spring. I hope to have it in my yard for years to come.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 12, 2011 5:39 AM

Prefers drier growing conditions. Will last approximately 10-14 days as a cut flower.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Aug 4, 2019 11:58 AM

An old favorite, easy from seed. I have some hot pink plumed Celosia with lime green leaves. This is my second year of volunteers. They make LOTS of seed (amaranth relative) and grow easily. Mine are about two feet tall, bushy, with big heads. Chickens eat the leaves, many kinds of wasps and bees love the flowers. I'll try to watch to see if birds go for the seeds. A really useful and easy sun annual.

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Self-sowed from last year
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