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Directory of Annuals

Cockscomb
Celosia argenta


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
8 - 24 Inches (8-24 inches tall depending on cultivar)
 
Soil Conditions
Dry
 
Bloom Color
Orange
Red
Yellow
 
Bloom Season
June - October
 
Hardiness
Tender Annual
 
Size
Medium
 

Features

A large plant group which has great variety in flower type from the cockscomb type to the feather type to the wheat type. All good for the sunny, dry border.

Culture

Full sun in well-drained soils. Regular watering helps to maintain flower and foliage quality. Will tolerate dry, porous soil.

Cultivars

Cockscomb Type

  • 'Prestige Scarlet'
  • 'Red Chief'
  • 'Fireglow'

Feather Type

  • 'New Look' series
  • 'Castle' series
  • 'Century Red'
  • 'Fresh Look Red, Yellow'

Wheat Type

  • 'Flamingo Feather'
  • 'Enterprise' series
  • 'Ksomos Purple Red'

Notes

Plants left too long in the pots or cell paks before planting often result in poor, stunted garden plants. Buy young, vigorous, non-flowering plants and plant them without delay.