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Cockscomb

Celosia argentea var. cristata

Also known as

Prince of Wales feathers

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

90cm

30cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cockscomb Overview

Cockscomb is a wonderful bright annual plant for flowerbeds, known for long bloom periods of its inflorescence. Celosia comes from the Greek word 'kelos', meaning burned. In southern Nigeria, it is the most important leaf vegetable, known as soko. There are two types, the crested and the plume type.

Common problems with Cockscomb

Spider mites and aphids may become a problem.

How to harvest Cockscomb

Harvest young leaves and pick flowers as needed. Collect seed head or pod when flowers fade and allow to dry.

How to propagate Cockscomb

Seed

Collect the seeds and start indoors in cold weather. Germination time between 10-15 days. Thin out the seedlings so they are about 20 cm apart and plant young flowers outdoors after last frost.

Special features of Cockscomb

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Other uses of Cockscomb

Ornamental

Edible

Leaves and the flower can be eaten raw or fried in a stir fry.

Ornamental

Beautiful color displays in flower beds.