Celosia argentea var. cristata. Annual.
Cockscomb, also known as wool flower or brain celosia, is a striking choice for a summer garden. Toreador’s stately deep red, crested, 2-5″ flower heads emerge from stiff, leafy stems and bloom from late summer into early fall. Cockscomb attracts bees and other pollinating insects, and is perfect for fresh or dried cut flowers. Fresh cut flowers can last up to 14 days.
Planting & Harvesting
Seed Depth: surface
Spacing: 3″ (8cm)
Sprouts In: 10-21 days
Thinning: 8-12″ (20-30cm)
Sow seeds outdoors in full sun and rich, moist soil after last spring frost when soil has warmed to at least 65°F. Will transplant well if started indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost date. Press seeds lightly into soil; they require light to germinate. Once established, cockscomb thrives in hot, slightly dry conditions, but don’t let plants dry entirely. Mulch well, and water plants consistently at soil level to prevent fungal growth. Will appreciate low-nitrogen fertilizer every four weeks.
Remove and discard plants in fall after first frost. To dry cut flowers, tie stems together and hang upside down indoors in a dry location.