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Cockscombs are native to the tropics, but can do well in many other climates. It grows widespread across northern South America, tropical Africa, the West Indies, South, East and Southeast Asia where it is grows as a native or naturalized wildflower, and is cultivated as a nutritious leafy green vegetable. The flowers are easy to harvest and dry for dried bouquets.
Cockscombs are flower annuals. They are known for their odd shaped flower clusters, of which there are two types: plume type ("Plumosa") and crested type ("Cristata"). Flowers com in brilliant shades of pink, orange, red, gold and purple.
|Light:||Partial Shade to Full Sun|
|Height:||1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet|
|Width:||1 foot to 2 feet|
|Bloom Seasons:||Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall|
|Special Features:||Deer resistant|
|Shape:||Upright or erect|
|Fertilizer:||Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food|
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Seeds can be sown in place in late Spring or early Summer. Sow in a well-drained planting medium. Climate should be warm and should not have great temperature fluctuations over time, or growth can be stagnated. Seeds should germinate in four or five days. They can also be purchased as started plants. Be sure to plant started plants before they flower.
Erect annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Some Cockscombs can grow to 3' tall and 1 1/2' wide. Grows best in full sun. Plants grow very well in pots and containers. Celosia is usually grown as an annual. The flowers are suitable for cutting and drying as they are long lasting.
Summer heat will induce blooming. Blooms interesting inflorescences that are plum-like or crest-like in appearance.
Needs moderate water. Water liberally during dry weather conditions. Prefers moist, rich soil with good drainage.
Implement a balanced liquid fertilizer biweekly once the roots have filled the container.
Potential pests include spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, botrytis, pythium and rhizoctonia.