Cockscomb (Celosia argentea cristata), also known as cock's comb, is an original annual plant with rather simple requirements in terms of cultivation. It usually grows 50 - 60 cm tall and starts to bloom in July to do so continuously until the first frosts in October. Its fancifully coiffed blooms remind indeed of a cock's comb: their petals are frilled and curled. Cockscombs may produces flowers in many different colours: yellow, pink orange, orange, pink and dark red. Its large, dense panicles are surrounded by long, sharp pointed, vividly green leaves.
Cockscomb will thrive in garden soil of any kind, provided it is fertile, permeable, yet not too dry. This thermophilic species should be grown from seedlings, produced on a hotbed or an indoor greenhouse from February until March. Prior to transplantation that occurs after May 15th plants need to be hardened. Cockscomb will adorn borders, flower beds or containers placed on exterior windowsills and balconies. Its blooms are recommended for drying, as they maintain the freshness of colour for a very long time.
One package contains 0.2 g of cockscomb seeds. The sow-by date and growing instructions are printed at the back of the package.
- Weight: 0.2 g
- Height: 50 - 60 cm
- Use: ornamental - borders, flower beds, edgings, containers; dried bouquets
- Flowering period: July - October
- Flower colour: yellow, pink orange, orange, pink, dark red
- Vegetation form: annual
- Foliage: long, vividly green, sharp-pointed leaves
- Flower type: panicles of blooms with frilled, curled petals
- Site: warm; fertile, permeable, not too dry soil