Cockscomb (Celosia argentea)
Celosia argentea (cockscomb) are plants that have inflorescences in the form of feathers or ears.
Its inflorescences are of vivid colors and can be found in red, orange, yellow, white, or several tones between pink and violet.
When cut and dried properly, inflorescences can maintain their beautiful color from a few weeks to a few months.
Plant profileCommon name: Cockscomb, Hackie rose, Red fox, velvet flower, Velvet flower, Velvet flower
Scientific name: Celosia argentea
Plant type: Annual / Biennial
Height: 50cm - 1.5m
Spread: 10cm - 50cm
Flower color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Season of interest: Autumn, Summer
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial shade
Soil: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained
Garden type: Informal Garden, Patio & Container Garden
Planting type: Containers & Pots, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and bedding
Cockscomb are plants that can reach 15 cm to more than 1 m in height, depending on the species and cultivar.
Some cultivars have reddish leaves. Celósias are relatively resistant plants and are easy to grow in gardens. Smaller cultivars are the easiest to grow in pots or planters.
They are probably from Africa, and it is currently found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and America.
How to plant cockscomb
They are plants of tropical climate, growing well in temperatures between 20°C and 35°C. In regions with cold winters, they are planted outside after the last frost and grown in summer months.
Plant cockscomb in direct sunlight or in partial shade with good light.
Keep the soil moist at all times, but not soaked. However, they are relatively resistant to short periods of drought.
The soil must be well drained, fertile and rich in organic matter. These plants are very tolerant to different soil conditions, but the ideal pH for cultivation is between 6 and 7.
It blooms about 60 to 90 days after planting.
Cockscomb are annual plants.
Propagation is done by seed. It is best to sow the seeds in the final place, as the seedlings are sensitive to transplantation.
In alternative they can also be sown in small pots and other containers, transplanting the seedlings very carefully when they reach 5 to 8 cm in height.
Sow about 0.5 cm deep in the soil. Seed germination usually occurs between 1 and 3 weeks.