Plant ID forum: Sad Dr Seuss plant

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Name: Jeanne
Maryland (Zone 7a)
JeanneLH
Jul 20, 2017 10:45 AM CST
I'm ashamed to admit I don't know what these plants are called, but we love them and just call them the Dr Seuss plants. The one on the right was a brilliant beautiful orange with happy green leaves until just a few days ago and I really don't know what I've done wrong. I'm on the mid-Atlantic east coast, so it's been very hot and humid, and we've had a few rainstorms. I don't think the orange one is saveable - it's been looking worse every day - but I want to know what happened to it so I don't kill the red one too. Can anyone help me out? I would be eternally grateful!
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jul 20, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Hi JeanneLH, Welcome!

I'm not sure but to me it looks like the annual Dwarf Cockscomb (Celosia argentea) We have quite a few listed in our database with photos and growing information: https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Name: Jeanne
Maryland (Zone 7a)
JeanneLH
Jul 20, 2017 11:14 AM CST
Thanks, Lin! I think you're right. That's absolutely what they look/ed like. I think it must be too much water/poor drainage in their pots. I'll do what I can to fix that before the poor red one bites it too.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jul 20, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Jeanne, Celosia are considered annuals and will not live past one season so you will either have to collect seed to sow for new plants or purchase new ones next year.
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Name: Jeanne
Maryland (Zone 7a)
JeanneLH
Jul 20, 2017 1:24 PM CST
Thank you again, Lin. I will try my best. Do you think the (formerly) orange one is beyond helping? I knew they were summer plants, I was just hoping they'd make it a little farther through the summer.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jul 20, 2017 2:07 PM CST
The one on the right looks like a goner to me. The one on the left looks good to my old (not so good) eyes but I have no idea how long they are supposed to live, especially planted in a pot ... I've only seen them grown as annual bedding plants for a single season.

Hopefully someone who grows Celosia will pop in soon with advice/tips!
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