General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 9-12 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: 68ºF - 75ºF
Days to germinate: 7 to 21 days
Depth to plant seed: Shallowly sow at depth of approximately 1/8 inch, covering with a thin layer of soil
Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Cockscomb
  • Dwarf Cockscomb
  • Plumed Cockscomb
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Celosia argentea
  • Synonym: Celosia plumosa
  • Synonym: Celosia marylandica
  • Synonym: Celosia coccinea
  • Synonym: Celosia debilis

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  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 23, 2014 11:43 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 12, 2011 5:39 AM concerning plant:
    Prefers drier growing conditions. Will last approximately 10-14 days as a cut flower.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Aug 4, 2019 11:58 AM concerning plant:
    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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Catmint20906 On June 6, 2015 Bloomed
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Front bed under pecan tree
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Self-sowed from last year
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